A month ago today, Alyza Rachel Russell, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, killed two homeless men when she lost control of her mother’s red 2012 Porsche Panamera. The accident occurred shortly after 2 a.m., the Miami Herald reports, when Russell and two friends were driving west on Broward Boulevard. As Russell tried to make a left onto Southwest Fifth Street, she failed to negotiate the corner properly and jumped the curb, careening into a nearby parking lot. The parking lot was known as one where homeless people often spent the night. That night, Mackendy Jules, 30, and Samuel Artez Martindale, 35, were both in the parking lot, and were both killed.
Witnesses say that Russell was traveling in excess of the posted speed limit when she lost control. A friend of the victims’ told reporters that Russell’s car came up over the curb, ran over one of the men, and then hit the other as he was walking his bicycle across the lot. He also said that Russell tried to get away after the incident, squealing her tires, but one was flat so she couldn’t get away. Police interviewed Russell after the crash and obtained a warrant to take her blood to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Despite suspicions that Russell was intoxicated, she was released from the scene and permitted to return home. She did remain on house arrest, however, until the investigation was complete.
Results of the blood test later indicated that Russell’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) was nearly twice the legal limit. Facing manslaughter and property-damage charges, she turned herself in on July 3. CBS Miami reports that Russell’s original bail was set for $65,000; however, after it was discovered that she told a co-worker that she planned to flee the country to avoid prosecution, bail was raised to $450,000. She posted bail on July 7 and currently remains free.
Drunk Driving is Negligent Driving
Each year thousands of people are injured or killed due to negligent driving. In many cases, the injured party is legally entitled to damages based on the injuries they’ve suffered. In a case against a potentially negligent driver, a key to victory is proving that the driver was negligent and that the driver’s negligence was the cause of their injury. In this context, Blood Alcohol Content in excess of the legal limit is strong evidence of negligence. What could be more negligent that getting behind the wheel after a long night at the bar?
Have you or a family member been injured in an auto accident that you believe may have been caused by a drunk driver or someone else’s negligent driving? If so, you may be entitled to the recover monetary damages. Please, feel free to call one of our experienced accident attorneys to see what we can do for you. And remember, our services don’t cost you a penny unless we are able to recover for you.
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