Florida Man Charged for Fatal DUI and Fleeing the Scene, How Many People are Killed by Drunk Drivers on an Annual Basis
Sarasota, FL- A Sarasota man was killed early Friday morning after a drunk driver t-boned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. While this was a tragedy, fatal DUIs are not unusual; just how many people are killed by drunk drivers annually?
The tragedy on Florida unfolded just before 1 a.m. Friday morning at the intersection of U.S. 301 and 47th Street. Siosaia Founa, 29, of Bradenton was driving a 1995 Mercury in the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 when he slammed into a Ford Mustang driven by Scoot Parker, 55, The Sarasota Patch reported.
The front of Founa’s Mercury crashed into the left side of Parker’s Ford. Founa then fled the scene on foot, leaving his car behind.
Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Founa was later located by police and taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and police determined he was intoxicated. He has been subsequently charged with DUI manslaughter, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Court records showed that Founa has an extensive criminal record which included previous DUI charges, and felony robbery, The Sarasota
In 2001, Founa was charged with his first DUI which resulted in probation, which he later violated.
Founa once again was charged and convicted of DUI in 2009. He also received a third charged of driving on a suspended license.
Though courts try to impose penalties to discourage drunk driving, at least 50 percent of convicted drunk drivers will become repeat offenders and subsequent DUIs can become deadly as the incident in Florida clearly demonstrates.
The most recent study of alcohol-impaired accidents conducted by the NHTSA in 2010 found that one […]