A 50-year-old man from Pace, Florida, was sentenced last week to 20 years in prison for DUI Manslaughter and Leaving the Scene of a Crash Involving a Death.
The sentence follows the man’s April 10, 2010, arrest for causing a fatal collision on Highway 90 in Pace.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man abruptly turned in front of a motorcycle that was operated by a 29-year-old male from Cantonment, Florida. The motorcyclist then laid his bike down in attempt to avoid the man’s car, but he was run over by the man’s car. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the crash site, which the driver of the car fled.
When the driver was stopped and taken into custody, his blood alcohol level was found to be three times the legal limit.
The man’s attorney argued that the motorcyclist “would have had much more of a chance to survive if he was in a car; and if he was in a car there would have been a greater chance my client would have sustained significant injuries.”
In the courtroom was Senator Greg Evans, who recently introduced a bill seeking tougher penalties for accidents involving motorcyclists. Evans worked on the bill with ABATE of Florida’s Gulf Coast Chapter.
“In most cases people will say they didn’t see [the motorcyclist or] if they weren’t on a motorcycle or it is only a biker,” said ABATE’s Gulf Coast Chapter President Gary “Satch” VerCrouse. “But our biggest thing is to fight for our right on the road just like anyone has a right to drive a car and do so safely.”
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