On early Sunday morning, a DUI driver confirmed the old adage that nothing good happens after midnight.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, an 18-year-old driver was speeding south on U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor and refused to stop for deputies and later caused a car accident injuring three people.
The report states that a little after 1:30 a.m., Kingzig Montanez, 18 (yes, 18-not the legal age for drinking), was speeding southbound on U.S. Highway 19 in his mother’s car near Innisbrook Drive. He passed a Pinellas County deputy, who then flashed his lights and attempted to pull Montanez over, but Montanez kept going.
Two-and-a-half miles south at the intersection of Tampa Road and U.S. 19, this impaired driver smashed into the rear of a Fiat 500 driven by Heath Ready of Clearwater and occupied by Anabelle Gardner and Richard Serra III. What does the DUI driver do? The report states that Montanez got out of his car and ran away. He was caught by deputies nearby. The 18-year-old faces charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest without violence, leaving the scene of a crash and driving without a license.
This DUI driver reminds us of the need for us to protect yourself from these types of drivers by carrying uninsured motorist coverage on your automobile insurance policy. This uninsured motorist coverage protects you and your family if medical expenses and lost wages are incurred due to the negligence of a DUI driver or any driver that fails to carry adequate bodily injury liability coverage. Check your car insurance before a car accident to make sure you have this important coverage.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t.
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