He wasn’t even supposed to be behind the wheel of a vehicle. That’s the irony that one family has to absorb as they deal with the tragic death of two sisters killed in a crash with an impaired driver whose license was revoked by the state until 2020.
The sisters were traveling home to Pompano Beach on I-95 from a Disney World vacation when they were hit head-on by a 24-year-old man who was driving the wrong way on the interstate. Law enforcement continues the investigation into the accident.
According to reports from the Sun Sentinel, the Jupiter man was considered to be a “habitual traffic offender” by the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles. At the time of the deadly crash, the man’s driver’s license had been revoked for five years. In 2010, he was arrested for driving under the influence. Last year, he was accused two times of driving under suspension.
The collision that killed the South Florida sisters also critically injured the allegedly impaired driver. He was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center for treatment and was later arrested at that facility. His charges include driving without a driver’s license causing death, vehicle homicide, DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage.
Upon his release from the medical facility, the man will be taken to St. Lucie County Jail before his transfer to Martin County Jail. Bond is to be set at $3 million.
Many accidents have a criminal component to them where the at-fault driver faces charges related to the accident. However, it is not necessary for someone to be charged with an offense in order to hold them responsible civilly for any injuries and damages that stem from their involvement in a collision.
Source: WTVJ, “Driver in Wrong-Way Crash on I-95 that Killed Sisters Had Revoked License: Records,” Oct. 02, 2015