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DUI manslaughter charge stems from accident after cyclist's death

Accusations of driving under the influence can come in varying forms. If a person is accused of a first-time DUI offense, he or she may have a less severe situation than someone who is accused of vehicular manslaughter associated with a drunk driving accident. In the latter scenario, a person could be at risk of facing significant repercussions in the event of a conviction.

One man in Florida may be having concerns about the possible outcomes of his case after recently being taken into custody. According to reports, the man was driving a vehicle westbound when he purportedly struck a bicyclist. The bicyclist was reported as being a 17-year-old girl, and she was riding eastbound in a designated bicycle lane on the westbound side of the road. The man's vehicle crossed into the bicycle lane where it hit the girl.

The bicyclist was taken to an area hospital, but she did not survive her injuries. Authorities noted that the driver was unsteady, had bloodshot eyes and that his breath smelled like alcohol. Blood tests were conducted approximately four hours after the accident, and his blood alcohol concentration level was reportedly .064. The man is facing a charge for DUI manslaughter as a result of this incident.

When a DUI accident results in a fatality, an accused person faces an even more daunting legal case. This Florida man may worry about the possible outcomes of his situation, but rather than thinking toward an uncertain future, he may instead want to focus on present issues, such as finding the defense routes that he feels could best help his case. Taking his situation one step at a time may allow him to gain a sense of control.

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