A Tampa man who had been arrested and released after a hit and run accident involving serious injury is back in custody after police received the results of a blood test conducted at the time of his arrest. The crash occurred late in the evening on July 27 th. The man, 38-year-old D.W., was driving an SUV south on Providence Road when he allegedly failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Brandon Parkway. After failing to stop, D.W. crossed the westbound Providence Road lanes and went over a median into the eastbound lanes. The SUV then collided with a sedan driven by a 22-year-old woman. The smaller vehicle burst into flames with the single occupant trapped inside. D.W. allegedly ran away on foot from the scene without rendering aid.
Police and firefighters arrived at the scene and freed the female driver from the burning car. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Officers located D.W. nearby and took him into custody on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an injury accident. He refused a breathalyzer test and was taken to a medical facility to obtain a blood sample. D.W. posted bond for the hit and run charge and was released.
Three weeks later, the results of the blood test were given to authorities and showed a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .108%. Charges were then filed against D.W. for DUI with serious injury and DUI with property damage. He turned himself in and later posted bail for the new charges, and awaits his trial. The woman injured in the wreck remains in the hospital in fair condition.
Driving under the influence is a serious offense that can result is severe penalties, so it is important that you have a seasoned defender on your side to fight the charges brought against you. The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger has successfully defended clients against all types of DUI charges, including DUI manslaughter, DUI with injury, felony DUI, and vehicular manslaughter. Don't hesitate to contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation if you are facing DUI charges.