Apr 14

Father of Three Killed By Drunk Driver in Clearwater Car Accident

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Joshua James Donahue, a 32-year-old New Port Richey father of three, is dead because a drunk transient from Largo decided to flee the police.

Brian Keith Ferry Sr. had a blood-alcohol level of 0.205 at the time of the crash, according to Clearwater police, which is more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired.

Ferry’s license was first suspended in 1996 for refusing to take a Breathalyzer test and permanently revoked in 2001 for drunk driving. At the time of this crash, Ferry was wanted on a warrant for driving with a suspended license. Police said they tracked Ferry down at the Copper Mug Bar at 1463 S Belcher Road around 1:45 a.m. When the police tried to pull over his 1998 Dodge Ram pickup, police said, Ferry fled north on Belcher Road. Clearwater officers followed Ferry but did not chase him, police said, because under Clearwater policy the misdemeanor arrest warrant did not merit a high-speed pursuit. Nevertheless, the impaired Ferry sped through a red light at the Drew Street intersection and plowed into a Yellow Cab driven by Joshua James Donahue, according to police. As a result, the father of three was killed.

Ferry was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, fleeing and eluding at high speed with wanton disregard, and other traffic charges. He remained in the Pinellas County jail on Tuesday, held without bond.

It is remarkable how one person’s selfish actions can forever change a family’s life. Ferry apparently cared more about his alcohol and his warrants than the drivers on the road. As a result, Joshua Donahue was killed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Donahue family!

There are too many drivers like Brian Ferry on the roads. Protect you and your family with uninsured motorist coverage. I am 100% confident that Ferry didn’t carry insurance coverage to compensate the Donahue family for medical bills, lost wages and the loss of their Dad. That is why uninsured motorist coverage is so important! Check your insurance policy now to make sure you have uninsured motorist coverage. Don’t wait until it is too late.

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