Accused drunk driver missing in Florida

An accident that occurred on Dec. 21, 2011, is back in the news after the driver, accused of drunk driving and causing a fatal car accident, and his family disappeared shortly before a bond revocation hearing.

According to reports, the man, who is now 33 years old, was driving his Dodge Charger home after his shift at Papa John’s. He also had two passengers in the car, a 25-year-old man and a 26-year-old man. The car was traveling at around 70 mph when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

One of the passengers was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. He sustained severe head trauma and died in the hospital a few days after the crash. The driver and the other passenger suffered nonlife-threatening injuries. Police reported that the driver’s blood-alcohol level was 0.103, over the legal limit of 0.08, and glass pipes and Bud Light cans were allegedly found in the car as well.

The driver was arrested in July of 2012 for vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter and was released after making the $100,000 bond. The bondsman attached an ankle monitor to the man, but officers reported that it was later removed. A bond revocation hearing was planned for Jan. 27, but the man never showed up. Reports indicated that the man’s wife had also withdrawn their two sons from school. There was no evidence of foul play found at the man’s home.

It is not exactly clear what happened to the man and his family or if they are all traveling together, but investigators believe that is the most likely scenario. Until the man is found, the family members of the deceased must deal with the lack of closure in the case.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, “Wanted New Port Richey man and his family disappear” Alex Orlando, Jan. 28, 2014

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