Fort Myers is typically a pretty safe place for Florida residents. However, like other metropolitan areas throughout the country, deadly auto accidents occur occasionally and, in some cases, law enforcement officials can be quick to attempt to pin the blame on the alleged intoxication of a driver involved.
According to a recent report, an alleged drunk driver is being blamed for a deadly accident in Lee County on August 1. The reports indicate that the collision occurred at approximately 3:45pm that afternoon, when the alleged drunk driver - a 58-year-old man from Fort Myers - lost control of his vehicle and hit two men who were on the roadway putting out signs. One of the victims died as a result of the collision, while the other suffered injuries.
As our readers could probably imagine, the reports indicate that the deceased victim's family members are devastated by the loss of a family member in such a tragic accident. The 58-year-old man who is alleged to have been drunk at the time of the collision is now facing a number of criminal charges, including vehicular homicide. However, law enforcement officials are reportedly still awaiting the results of a blood test to determine the level of the driver's intoxication and if any illegal drugs were involved.
The fact that the suspect was charged before his blood alcohol content was known seems like an odd fact in this particular case. It may have been that the officers who responded to the scene relied upon their own judgment that the driver may have been intoxicated. However, further investigation by the defense and prosecution alike may reveal a different cause for this collision. If so, the suspect may have a key piece of his defense strategy.