DUI Driver Gets 45 Years for Fatal Motorcycle Accident
Motorcyclists are among the most vulnerable of all road users. With little to protect them in the event of collisions, the injuries bikers suffer are likely to be severe. A recent case illustrates how when alcohol is a factor in a motorcycle accident, the outcome can be particularly deadly. A St. Lucie driver was sentenced to 45 years in prison for a fatal crash in which he not only struck and killed a biker, but attempted to evade responsibility by fleeing the accident scene.
St. Lucie Driver Brought to Justice for 2016 Crash
On August 10, 2018, justice was finally served in the case of a fatal motorcycle accident which claimed the life of 25-year-old motorcycle rider in Port St. Lucie. The TCPalm reports that after two years of court proceedings, the driver involved was convicted for the crime of drunk driving, for which he was sentenced to ten years in jail. He received a 30-year sentence for leaving the scene of the accident, which is to be served consecutively for a total of 45 years.
The crash happened in August of 2016. A 49-year-old man was working as a pizza delivery driver when he hit a motorcyclist at the intersection of Southeast Village Green Drive and Southeast Walton Road in Port St. Lucie. Witnesses claim that rather than pull over, the driver fled the scene. He was later located based on descriptions of the vehicle provided by witnesses.
Apprehended more than two hours after the crash, the driver was tested for DUI and found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of 0.214 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. He was immediately arrested and has spent the past two years incarcerated while awaiting an outcome in his case.
Motorcycle Accidents In Fort Pierce
The victim in the 2016 crash died of his injuries. In a strange twist of fate, when the crash occurred he was still mourning the loss of a friend due to a fatal motorcycle accident that happened just weeks before.
Unfortunately, these types of crashes are common throughout Florida. According to the Florida Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES) more than 100 motorcycle accidents occur each year in St. Lucie County alone, killing close to ten percent of the motorcyclists involved while leaving the rest with serious and potentially disabling injuries. Among the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in our area are the reckless driving behaviors of other motorists, such as speeding, distracted driving, disregarding traffic signs or signals, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we can help you hold reckless drivers responsible for their negligent actions and the damages they cause. If you or someone you love is involved in a crash, call or contact our Fort Pierce motorcycle accident attorney online and request a consultation to see how we can help.