When a person is inhibited by alcohol, he or she may do things that are
not characteristic. These could include feeling the scene of an accident,
driving into barriers, swerving and failing to see pedestrians or bikers
in the road. Even with blinking lights or reflective clothing, these people
are sometimes hard to see. Recently, a Fort Lauderdale man hit a man on
a bicycle when under the influence of alcohol, taking his life. The drunk
driver sped off after the accident, going as fast as possible to avoid
being caught by the police.
Finally, he was found in Delaware, and arrested. The 38-year-old with the
initials B.M. was informed that he had fled the scene of
DUI manslaughter. His victim was a 44-year-old named Russell Henman. Henman was hit from
behind, and the force threw him up onto the hood of B.M.'s Jeep. Witnesses
say that B.M. drove with the man on his hood for about 400 feet before
throwing him into the road and driving away. Henman was pronounced dead
at the scene. The bicycle was dragging underneath his vehicle, so B.M.
had to stop in a parking lot not far from the crash site and remove the
mangled mass of metal. He discarded it in the parking lot and kept driving north.
At present, B.M. is being held in a Delaware jail on a $27,700 bail. He
will face up to 30 years in prison along with $10,000 in fines if he is
convicted of DUI manslaughter. More than likely, B.M.'s defense attorney
will help him to organize a plea bargain that will reduce his sentence
and give him the possibility of parole. If you have been
charged with DUI, or DUI manslaughter, then you need to talk to a Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney
right away. Talk to someone today!