An impaired driver is accused of killing a motorcyclist in Sanford, Florida and minutes later killing a woman who was rendering aid to the motorcyclist.
According to Bay News 9, the driver struck the 73-year-old motorcyclist on Monday afternoon. The driver continued driving, but made a U-turn and returned to the scene. At the crash scene, a woman was trying to help the motorcyclist when the driver veered out of the westbound lanes, crossed the median and drove into oncoming traffic and hit the woman who was rendering aid. Both the good Samaritan and the motorcyclist died at the scene.
According to the report, the driver drove away, but eventually drove off the road, hit a fence and stopped in a trench. The arrest report states that the driver was “lethargic, slow to respond…, his eyes were bloodshot and appeared to be droopy.” He also refused to submit to a field sobriety test. Police said the driver later submitted to a urine test, which determined he was under the influence of an unidentified stimulant.
The driver is charged with two counts each of leaving the scene of a crash with a fatal injury and hit-and-run, along with one count of refusal to submit to DUI test after license is suspended.
My prayers and thoughts go out to the families of the motorcyclist and the woman who tried to help. This crash is a reminder of the dangers everyone experiences as they drive on Florida roads. A nice ride or a drive to the grocery store could result in a deadly crash. Hug your family and tell them you love them every time you get behind the wheel. There are simply too many bad drivers on the road!
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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