Florida State Statutes Chapter 316.193 are the Florida laws that deal with DUI and specifically, DUI manslaughter. If a driver is intoxicated and is involved in a crash that kills another person, they may be charged with DUI manslaughter. This is a second-degree felony and carries with it a minimum four-year prison sentence.
The other penalties a driver convicted of DUI manslaughter may face include up to fifteen years in state prison, permanent loss of driving privileges, fines of up to $10,000, and other penalties. In order to be convicted, the prosecution must prove that the driver was in physical control of the vehicle, was intoxicated, and that the ensuing crash killed another person.
WKRG reports that a woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter following a crash on Interstate 10.
The crash occurred on June 20th at approximately 1:36 a.m. on Interstate 10.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Theresa B. King was traveling in the eastbound lanes heading west. As she approached mile marker 3, another vehicle traveling eastbound in the inside lane approached her vehicle.
The driver of the second vehicle attempted to swerve to avoid an accident, but King hit the left front corner of the vehicle.
The second vehicle’s driver, only identified as a male, succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident.
A passenger in the vehicle suffered from serious injuries in the accident and was transported to the hospital.
On June 22nd, King was arrested and was charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI serious bodily injury, and vehicular homicide.