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Man Involved in Crash That Killed Child Arrested on Other Charges

A couple of months ago, we told you about a tragic accident in Lake County that left a child dead. Now, the man accused of causing it is facing multiple charges relating to a separate driving incident. It certainly could lend credence to the belief that he has a pattern of not driving responsibly.

The 39-year-old driver, a well-known golf director at a local club, was accused of causing the car accident that claimed the life of a 3-year-old from Tavares in March. His recent arrest was for drug possession and reckless driving charges for a subsequent incident occurring in the first week of May. Deputy sheriffs claimed that the driver weaved in and out of various lanes in an effort to pass other vehicles at a speed in excess of 100 miles per hour. The incident occurred in the northbound lanes of State Road 46A.

Officers claimed to have discovered marijuana on the driver’s person, as well as hydrocodone and amphetamine in his vehicle. The man, a resident of Sanford, was released on bond. The arresting officers also asserted that he tried to bribe one of them with a wad of cash at the crash scene.

Officers from the Florida Highway Patrol suspect that the driver may have been impaired by drugs during the earlier accident in which the child was killed. In that crash, he was traveling north on County Road 437 in close proximity to State Road 44. He first veered into the southbound lane of the road where he collided with a jeep before moving on to hit a PT Cruiser. The child was riding as a passenger in that vehicle and died of injuries she suffered during the accident.

The investigation into that crash is continuing, with the results of toxicology tests still not available. He has not yet been charged with anything in connection with that accident, but that could change, especially in light of what just happened.

Source: Orlando Sentintel, “Golf director involved in deadly crash arrested for reckless driving, drug possession,” Eloisa Ruano Gonzalez, May 8, 2012

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