Category Archives: Drunk Driving (DUI)

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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Risk of Automobile Accidents Increase with Even One Alcoholic Drink (Beer, Wine, or Mixed Drink)

A new study suggests that even one single glass of wine or beer can raise blood-alcohol concentrations enough to increase the risk of an automobile accident. The study was published in the journal Addiction, and researchers analyzed national data on fatal automobile accidents during 1994 and 2008. If the study is accurate, it means that there is a greater chance for an automobile accident in Jacksonville Florida and surrounding North Florida areas when a driver gets behind the wheel after consuming an alcoholic beverage. According to the study, no amount of alcohol was safe for driving. The investigators found that … 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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Public Safety Officials in New Smyrna Beach Show Dangers of Drinking and Driving During Demonstration

As part of a plan to raise awareness to high school students about the dangers of drunk driving, especially during Prom, New Smyrna Beach High School has a biannual mock drunk driving class, performed in front of the study body by their peers. Recently, New Smyrna Beach High School students performed a scenario on 10th Street that involved two couples driving to prom. One of the males had been drinking and crashed his car head-on into the other couple’s car. Although the drunk driver suffered only minor personal injuries his girlfriend died at the scene. One of the passengers in … Continue reading

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Driver (Mother) Arrested for DUI – Ran Over Stop Sign On the Way to Pick Up Child at School

A 31-year-old mother of Chuluota, Florida, was recently arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol on allegations that she drunkenly drove to school to pick up her 9-year-old child. The woman was identified as Margaret Lily; she faces charges of DUI and leaving the scene of an accidence. Authorities were notified by a school crossing guard who saw Lily run over a stop sign near John Walker Elementary School with her 2007 Saturn. The crossing guard recognized the car as one belonging to a parent of one of the children who attend the elementary school. A school official confiscated Lily’s keys … Continue reading

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Buckman Bridge Death Leads to 30-Year Prison Sentence in Jacksonville, Florida

Earlier this year, the Jacksonville area was hit with the news that a suspected impaired driver ran a wife and mother, Luma Kajy, off the Buckman Bridge. The reports indicated that the alleged impaired driver, Sasha Pringle, was swerving in traffic before Kajy’s vehicle went over the bridge. The investigation led to a toxicology finding that Pringle had marijuana, painkillers and anti-anxiety medication, which helped lead to Pringle’s conviction of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. As a result of her actions, Pringle was sentenced to a 30-year prison sentence. The family of the victim, … Continue reading

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DUIs Involving Prescription Drugs Difficult to Prove

Due to the dramatic increase of illegal prescription drug use, authorities says the number of cases of driving under the influence in which the substance is a prescription drug rather than alcohol is also dramatically increasing. However, prosecutors are facing challenges when it comes to charging these individuals. For example, Florida does not require a test to quanitify the amount of drugs in a person’s body in a DUI case. Prosecutors say these impairments are hard to prove. Historically, in many states including Florida, there is a well-developed system to quantify the amount of alcohol in a person’s body so … Continue reading

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Ocala Man Facing Criminal Charges for DUI After Fatal Automobile Accident

John E. Medeiros, 58, of Ocala, Florida, faces his second DUI manslaughter charge in two years after the car he was driving fatally struck a motorcyclist. The man riding the motorcycle was identified as Dwayne E. Bradley, 39, of Hawthorne, Florida. Bradley was driving a red 2007 Honda motorcycle as the time of the accident. According to authorities, Medeiros was attempting to turn left onto Northeast 77th Street when the 2000 Cadillac Deville he was driving collided with the motorcycle. The impact of the collision threw Bradley, who was wearing a helmet onto the roadway. Troopers reported that Medeiros continued … Continue reading

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Halloween – Drunk Drivers and Pedestrian Safety in Jacksonville and North Florida

On Halloween, there are an abundance of children in the streets of Jacksonville, Orange Park, and other North Florida cities, trick-or-treating from one house to the next. Halloween also brings out the party-goer and alcohol is often handed out to adults like candy is to children. The Florida Highway Patrol is looking out for both this year and has issued driver and pedestrian safety tips. In addition, the Florida Highway Patrol is also committed to cracking down on drunk drivers. To avoid accidents this Halloween, drivers should be alert and drive more cautiously. If you are traveling in a neighborhood, … 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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