A repeat DUI offender who resides in the state of Georgia has received a sentence of 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to a hit and run accidents that killed a 19-year-old man. The 34-year-old man was charged with leaving the scene of the crash as well as DUI manslaughter. The crash occurred in Jacksonville, Florida — just south of Georgia.
The man is also a registered sex offender and has been required to serve 11 years of probation on top of his 30-year sentence. He will have his driver’s license permanently revoked as well.
The 19-year-old was riding his motorcycle east on a well-traveled parkway when the offender turned left, straight into the path of the motorcycle, and their two vehicles collided. The driver of the car was attempting to turn into a luxury apartment complex.
The victim was taken to a local area hospital, but died from his injuries that were sustained in the accident 11 days after. The driver who struck his motorcycle was arrested immediately at the scene when police stated that he left the accident, making it a hit and run.
This arrest was the driver’s fourth in the state of Florida and his fourth DUI related charge. He was arrested and charged with rape in the state of Tennessee in 2008. He was then placed on the sex offender list in the state of Georgia in 2010.
The driver had been drinking with his girlfriend before the crash occurred. The arrest report stated obvious signs of intoxication that included slurred speech and bloodshot eyes. For further information regarding DUI, speaking to an experienced attorney could be beneficial.
Source: News4Jax, “Repeat DUI offender gets 30 years in deadly crash,” News4Jax Staff, Oct. 16, 2015