Auto Accidents: September 2009 Archives

September 14, 2009

Repeat Drunk Driver Charged with Killing Florida Motorcyclist

A Miramar, Florida, driver has been charged with killing a Davie, Florida, resident while driving drunk.  According to reports, the intoxicated driver was taking his 9-year-old daughter to school when he struck the Davie motorcyclist and dragged him 180 feet before coming to a stop.  When the drunk driver was apprehended after fleeing the scene of the accident, breathalyzer results showed his blood alcohol content to be .236 -- nearly three times the legal limit.   This was not the first time the driver has been charged with drunk driving according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.  According to their report, the intoxicated driver was wanted in Maryland for failing to appear for a court proceeding after violating his probation for driving under the influence with another charge of DUI.

Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents have been on the rise for the past nine years according to Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.  In 2008 alone, there were 9618 motorcycle crashes in Florida which caused the death of 502 motorcyclists and 30 passengers and contributed to over 9000 injured riders.  These numbers include 37 motorcycle accident deaths in Broward County, 44 in Miami-Dade County, and 34 in Palm Beach County.  Drug and alcohol related fatalities in Florida sadly exceeded 1,400 people in 2008.

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