Last month a 27-year-old Indialantic, Florida, man who was texting and impaired by prescription drugs slammed his Ford F-150 into the back of a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was stopped at a red light. The 53-year-old driver of the Chrysler died last week as a result of her injuries from the crash, and investigators are now pursuing a traffic homicide investigation.
At the time of the April accident on U.S. 192, blood was not drawn from the driver for a toxicology test because none of the injured parties were believed to be seriously injured.
“We were told all the injuries were not serious, so we went forward with a routine investigation,” said Florida Highway Patrol Seargant Kim Montes to FloridaToday.com. “It’s difficult, but there are other ways of proving intoxication.”
After the crash the driver of the Ford was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, DUI with injury or damage, and careless driving. The crash report says that the man told troopers he was taking medication that he’d been prescribed and that he was texting at the time of the accident. Lieutenant Channing Taylor, who was at the crash site, said that the man was “messed up” and “nodding off” while he sat on his tailgate after the crash.
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