Driving under the influence (DUI) is illegal in all 50 states. DUI charges can mean heavy fines, jail time, loss of driving privileges and higher auto insurance premiums. Manslaughter is a felony in all 50 states, with stiffer fines and much longer jail sentences. Charges of both DUI and manslaughter is pretty much an automatic prison sentence, the length of which is determined by how well your criminal defense attorney does his job. A West Palm Beach man recently accepted a plea deal of a decade in prison for his role in a 2010 crash that killed a baby.
A recent Palm Beach Post News story reported that the suspect pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter. He was speeding down a street in suburban West Palm Beach when he crashed into two cars that were stopped at an intersection. The impact of the crash pushed in the back seat of a minivan occupied by a woman, her 8-year-old son and 3-month-old baby daughter, who was in a car seat in the back seat. The baby was killed instantly. Her mother and brother were also seriously injured but recovered. A 2-year-old girl and man in the other car were also injured but recovered.
Witnesses stated that the suspect was driving 60 mph while appearing to be looking at the sky. After the crash, witnesses saw the suspect get of out his car and go back and forth between throwing up his hands and holding his head in his hands. His eyes were reportedly bloodshot, and he appeared to be high. The suspect then walked away from the scene but was later apprehended by authorities.
The suspect was sentenced to 10 years in jail and also ordered to pay restitution to the surviving victims, five years’ probation and surrender his license.