Drunk Driver Cruelly Flees the Scene after a Fatal Accident
An elderly woman is dead after being struck by a truck as she crossed the street Monday evening. According to officials, the woman was walking to church at around 8 p.m. Monday when she was struck by a truck near the intersection of Northwest 12th Avenue and 60th Street. Family members have identified the victim as Fannie Ash.
Police said Ash was allegedly killed by a drunk driver, who initially fled the scene after the accident. However, the driver was encouraged by his family to return to the scene. “Since that time, he has been arrested for DUI,” said Miami Police Traffic Homicide Sgt. Luis Taborda.
The truck driver has been identified as Howard Marty Leven. Leven failed a field sobriety test before he was taken into custody by police.
Leven has been charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death and DUI manslaughter. He appeared in bond court Tuesday where a judged assigned him a bond of $130,000.
No one should ever drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a crime and even if it is your first time, it can carry a stiff sentence. That sentence worsens if someone is seriously injured or even killed as the result of an accident with an intoxicated driver. The most severe of these occurs when a person is killed in a DUI accident and is referred to in the Florida Courts as DUI manslaughter.
The charge of DUI manslaughter, this is an extremely serious crime and it is a second-degree felony punishable by loss of license, loss of insurance, along with high fines and a prison sentence of between 2 and 20 years.
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