Florida statute defines the crime of DUI manslaughter as a charge that occurs when a person driving a vehicle, or found to be in actual physical control of a vehicle, and is under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance. For a driver to face DUI manslaughter chargers, the muster must have a blood-alcohol or a breath-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. The driver must also directly or indirectly cause the death of another person in an accident. In Florida, the crime of DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony that carries a minimum sentence of 124 ½ months in prison. The sentence can be as much as 15 years or more in prison.
News 4 Jacksonville reports that a woman has been arrested 10 months after a DUI crash that injured four people and left one dead.
30-year-old Savannah Serrano was arrested on February 24th, nearly 10 months after the April 27, 2019 crash.
The crash occurred just before 5:30 P.M. on April 27, 2019. The Florida Highway Patrol alleges that Serrano was drunk when she drove her car into a pickup truck on County Road 315.
38-year-old Bethsaida Malea, who was a passenger in Serrano’s vehicle was airlifted to a nearby hospital in critical condition. According to a relative, she was in a coma for 10 days following the accident and is still recovering.
75-year-old Forrest Boram was in the truck that Serrano hit with her vehicle. He suffered from critical injuries and succumbed a month later.
Deputies located Serrano in Palatka, where she was taken into custody. Her bond was set at $100,000.
In addition to charges for the DUI, Serrano is facing charges of DUI manslaughter and DUI causing serious bodily injury. She is also facing charges of marijuana possession.