Music Teacher’s Death Highlights the Perils of Drunk Driving

Reinforcing the importance of driving sober!

For the music students of Caroline Sine and Sean Hankins, this week’s lesson is not about scales or keeping time. Instead, their young students will be learning a firsthand lesson about the dangers of drunk-driving. Ms. Sine and Mr. Hankins, both music teachers at Pinellas Park elementary schools, were traveling together early Sunday morning when an intoxicated driver ran a red light, slamming into their car. Ms. Sine was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after the accident, while Mr. Hankins remains in critical condition. The driver is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail, with a bail set to $50,000. For the families, friends, and students of Ms. Sine, though, no amount of bail money is going to take away the grief of losing a loved one to a drunk driver. .

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Unfortunately, the intoxicated driver made a reckless and inconsiderate decision to drink and drive. There are many other routes he could have taken – he could have called a sober friend to pick him up, or arranged for a taxi or Uber to take him to his destination— but instead, he chose to disregard not only the law, but the other human lives around him. Had he not made the decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle while intoxicated can have an impact on many people.

Our thoughts go out to the loved ones of Ms. Sine. We also wish Mr. Hankins a full recovery. Let’s all do what to be informed of the dangers of drunk driving, and ensure these types of preventable tragedies stop happening. Click here to learn more about the incident. 


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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