The Bradenton Herald reports an 18-year-old was arrested on Wednesday on DWI manslaughter charges for killing a Winter Haven couple in a car crash last January. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office stated the motorist was arrested on two counts of DWI manslaughter and two counts of DWI causing personal injury to her passengers.
Last year, the then 17-year-old driver was traveling westbound on State Road 62 in Parrish, near Bradenton, when she reportedly veered off the roadway. The motorist then overcorrected and re-entered the road, where she crashed into a motorcycle, ejecting both middle-aged motorcyclists on impact.
Both cyclists were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital for serious injuries, where investigators say her BAC was .146.
Rory Zinna, the Assistant State Attorney, filed charges against the driver on Aug. 21, 2013 and issued a warrant for her arrest.
According to Mothers against Drunk Driving (MADD), teen alcohol use kills 4,700 innocent people every year. While .08 is the legal BAC limit for drivers 21 and older, Florida considers a .02 BAC the legal limit for anyone under the age of 21. MADD states teens with a BAC of .08 or higher are ninety-times more likely to get into a fatal crash than sober drivers.
Fatal wrecks caused by impaired drivers are completely preventable. The person who chooses to drink and drive endangers the lives of everyone on the road with them causing severe injuries and death to innocent, unsuspecting victims who have no warning of the danger until it is too late.
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