Category Archives: Alcohol & Drug Issues

Automobile Accidents Results in Death of Passenger (Tiffany Manzano) and DUI Conviction of Driver (Milton Lee Minier)

The Associated Press reported that a driver (Milton Lee Minier – age 25) was sentenced to a prison term of 10 years for a DUI accident that resulted in the death of the passenger (Tiffany Manzano – age 21) in the vehicle. It was reported that Mr. Minier’s blood alcohol level (BAL) was documented at .185 which is over twice the legal limit of .08 in the State of Florida. See DUI Sentenced Handed Down in Duval County (Jacksonville) Florida. Driving Under the Influence (DUI) can and does lead to serious personal injuries and in cases like the one above … Continue reading

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University of Central Florida Considering Alcohol Amnesty Program / Policy Following Alcohol Related Death of UCF Student

In Florida and other States, the combination of college “fun” and alcohol can prove to be very dangerous and deadly. The University of Central Florida is dealing with the aftermath and ripple effect of the death of college freshman -Ann Hefferin. Moving forward, University of Central Florida and its administration must decide what alcohol policy to follow and what measures will be taken to enforce it. Of course, there is no such thing as a perfect world or perfect system in which no further injuries or deaths result from the use or misuse of alcohol with respect to college students. … Continue reading

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House Party – Death of Alabama Football Player – 4 Arrested

The consequences of underage drinking and illegal drug use will virtually affect all college campuses, communities and students whether they partake in the illegal activities or not. In Fernandina Beach (Nassau County), Florida, four people were arrested in connection with a house party where a University of Alabama football player, Aaron Douglas, was found dead. The Fernandina Beach Police Department said that the four residents of the house were charged with allowing an open house party where at least 16 people younger than 21 drank alcohol or used drugs. The body of twenty one-year-old Douglas, offensive lineman, was found on … Continue reading

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Court Rules in House Party Mother Case – Risks and Criminal Prosecution Involved with House Parties and Underage Consumption of Alcohol

The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach upheld the trial court’s conviction of Diane Katz Santarelli. The trial court charged Santarelli with a misdemeanor of allowing an open house party and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges were based on allegations that at some point during the open house party Jesse Calvin Pitts, a minor, drove from Santarelli’s residence in a vehicle with Taylor Rea Brennan (also a minor) as his passenger. Pitts and Brennan subsequently died in a car crash on State Road 13 after leaving the party. Santarelli’s attorney, Gerald S. Bettman said … Continue reading

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DUI Charges Filed against Inverness Florida Man – Passenger Dies of Accident Related Personal Injuries

If you drink and drive you increase the chance of being in a Florida automobile accident. Steven M. Dickson, 62, was charged with DUI manslaughter last Sunday for a Florida automobile accident that occurred off County Road 48 near Istachatta Road. Dickson was driving a Chevrolet SSR with a blood-alcohol level of 0.1555 according to news reports, which is nearly twice the legal limit. The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Dickson swerved to avoid an animal in the road but lost control of the vehicle and it overturned. Both Steven and his passenger, Deborah A. Dickson, 62 were ejected from … Continue reading

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What Are My Rights if I am Hit by a Drunk Driver in the State of Florida?

In Florida, many people suffer serious personal injuries when they are involved in an automobile accident / trucking accident with a drunk driver. Many accidents are caused or made more serious when a drunk driver is behind the will. Both motor skills and judgment are affected by the consumption of alcohol. If a person is injured as a result of the fault of a drunk driver, the victim can pursue an insurance claim and a civil action against the drunk driver. The decision to prosecute the drunk driver belongs to the local law enforcement agency and the State Attorney’s Office. … Continue reading

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Dupont Hunting Club – Accident Leads to Death of One Man and Injuries to Others

In Florida and other States, people enjoy hunting on private land at hunting camps. While most hunters and visitors to the camp have fun, there are accidents and incidents at hunting camps from time to time. In St. Johns Counyt, Florida, the Florida Times Union reported that there was an unfortunate accident that ended the life of one man (Forest W. Noda) and caused injuries to Krystal Fars, and Chelsea Register. Deputies from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. The details of the accident were not reported. While driving on private roads may be subject to … Continue reading

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Baker County Accident Takes Life of a Hero and a Father

A Baker County automobile accident recently took the life of a local Sanderson hero, 20-year-old Christopher Jefferson. He was an Army reservist scheduled to deploy for duty to Afghanistan, according to Channel 4 News. He, along with Ardis Page, father of two, was killed after a Jeep Cherokee failed to stop at a stop sign at US Highway 90 and crashed, head-on, into the car carrying Christopher Jefferson, Ardis Page and Page’s two children (the two children suffered injuries and were transported to Shands). In a sad twist, Jefferson is the brother of Milton “Oshay” Johnson, who suffered paralyzing injuries … Continue reading

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Vilano Beach Florida Automobile Accident Injures Several People

A Sunday accident in Vilano Beach Florida caused multiple injuries. It was reported that Michelle Millero, a 49-year-old woman, made a left hand turn into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck carrying a 59-year-old driver Roy Smith, a 13 year old and another passenger. Both passengers were taken to Flagler Hospital with injuries. The driver was not injured at the scene. The driver, Michelle Millero, was taken to Shands with non-life threatening injuries. In a typical automobile accident case involving injuries, the passengers would first get medical treatment through their own car insurance, or the car insurance of … Continue reading

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Florida Drunk Driving Accidents – Who Can Be Held Liable?

Written By: Lenorae Atter Attorney at Law Injuries resulting from a drunk driving accident can be disabling, if not fatal. Florida law recognizes what is commonly referred to as “Dram Shop Law,” which allows for liability for such accidents to be place on not only the responsible individual, but the restaurant, bar or individual that served the drunk driver. In accordance with Florida Statute 768.125, simply providing alcohol to someone of legal age does not place liability on the serving individual. However, serving alcohol to a minor does establish liability. In addition, serving alcohol to a known drunk (i.e. the … Continue reading

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