The Villages-News reports that a DUI suspect has been arrested after a crash killed three Summerfield residents, two of whom were children.
At about 2:12 p.m. on Thursday, 71-year-old Emilio Nunez was driving a 2003 Suzuki Vitara on County Road 484 at County Road 467 in Marion County. His vehicle was struck by a 1999 Ford F350 that was driven by Stephen Lynn, a 48-year-old Ocala resident.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Nunez had the green light and Lynn ran the red light at the intersection. Nunez’s vehicle overturned, landing in a ditch.
Nunez was pronounced dead at the scene, as was 9-year-old Neveah Nunez. 7-year-old Katalya Nunez died at the hospital a short time later.
Lynn was arrested and is facing charges of three counts of DUI manslaughter and one charge of driving while license suspended.
According to the accident report, all three victims in the Suzuki were properly restrained.
Three other passengers in Lynn’s vehicle suffered from minor injuries.
In addition to criminal charges, an intoxicated person involved in an accident may also have to compensate the people who are injured. There are several factors that are considered when evaluating the compensation for a DUI accident. The first consideration is the degree of fault. While a DUI driver may be criminally responsible, if the other driver had some fault in the accident, this will be considered.
Another consideration is dram shop laws. Dram shop laws allow for the venue serving alcohol to be held responsible in the event of a DUI accident. A victim of a DUI accident may receive compensation for loss of wages, cost of medical care, pain and suffering, and wrongful death.