Trial Begins For DUI Crash With BAC of 0.259%

A charge of DUI manslaughter in Florida is made when a person drives under the influence of alcohol, prescription medication, and/or illicit drugs and caused an accident that killed another person. DUI manslaughter is a second-degree felony that is accompanied with a $10,000 fine and up to 15 years in state prison. There is a four-year mandatory sentence for a DUI manslaughter conviction. Additionally, the convicted person’s driver’s license will be revoked permanently. If the person additionally left the scene of the accident and was aware of their actions, they can be charged with a first-degree felony. If found guilty, the prison term is increased to 30 years.

Local 10 News reports on a man charged in the death of a passenger in his vehicle after a DUI accident. 38-year-old Ronald Olson is facing charges of DUI manslaughter, child neglect, and DUI causing injuries or property damage. The charges stem from a May 19th crash that occurred in Boynton Beach.

According to a police report by Boynton Beach Police, Olson was driving a 2010 Honda Accord when he ran a stop sign, slamming into a 2015 GMC Terrain. A witness told police that Olson had just left his house after drinking 5 or 6 beers in the hour he was at the location. The witness stated that he believed that Olson was too intoxicated to drive. 37-year-old Robin Kirsch was a passenger in the front seat of Olson’s car. She died of the injuries she sustained at the hospital. At the time of the crash, the woman’s three children were also in the car.

Olson’s blood was taken after a search warrant was received, revealing his blood-alcohol level to be .259%, well over three times the legal limit of .08%. He was arrested on July 3rd and taken to the main Broward County Jail.