Fatal Hit and Run Drunk Driving Crash in Sarasota

A 55-year-old Sarasota man was killed in a hit and run DUI crash involving another driver who was later found to be driving under the influence in a crash Friday morning at around 12:50 at the intersection of US 301 and 47th St., Channel 10 News reports.

The victim, who died at the scene, had been heading west on 47th Street when the other car, which had been traveling north on US 301, T-boned him, crashing into the passenger side of his Mustang. The 29-year-old driver of the other car fled on foot, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. He was later caught by police and faces charges of DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, and driving on a suspended license.

Attempting to avoid a DUI charge is a common reason for drivers to flee the scene of an accident. Florida had 75,000 reported hit-and- run collisions in 2010. Florida law requires a driver involved in an injury accident to stop and give aid to the injured and to remain at the scene until police arrive. Leaving the scene of a crash is at least a second degree felony in Florida; however, if the at-fault driver has a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or higher, it can be charged as a first degree felony. In addition, the driver who caused the accident is subject to a civil action by the victims surviving family members to recover money as compensation for their losses.

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