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Woman Killed by Daytona Beach Drunk Driver in Front of Son

On the evening of June 24, 2014, 45-year-old mother of seven Elizabeth Braly was walking on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores with her 21-year-old son and his wife while taking pictures.  Around 9:30, Shawn Doolan, from New Smyrna Beach, was speeding when he crashed his 2002 Nissan through the closed gate for the Dunlawton […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, July 10, 2014

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Man Charged in Strange DUI Related Death of Wife

On March 9, 2014, a Loxahatchee, FL couple was driving over 55 MPH on a 30 MPH dirt road near their home when they drove past three warning signs that the road was ending and didn’t break as their car was vaulted in to a canal.  The driver, 30-year-old Matthew Notebaert, was seriously injured in the […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, May 9, 2014

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Man Gets 15 Years for Killing Cheerleader While Drunk

A Florida man who has been getting a lot of media attention for his role in the death of a Miami Heat cheerleader, was sentenced on May 6, 2104 for the DUI manslaughter charge that he was recently convicted of.  Mario Careaga was driving back from a mall in Ft. Lauderdale when he struck the […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, May 7, 2014

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Kayle Mendoza, “2 dunk 2 care”, Driver Opens Up to Media

Kayla Mendoza, the 21-year-old who is currently awaiting trial for a wrong way accident that killed two young women, spoke to the TV program Inside Edition about the accident that has gotten her national attention.  Mendoza, who is now notorious for tweeting “2 drunk 2 care” shortly before she drove her car the wrong way […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, May 2, 2014

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One Killed, Dozens Injured, In Accident Between Bus and Drunk Driver

In the early morning hours of April 18, a bus carrying nearly three dozen members of the Florida High School track team was traveling from a meet in Jacksonville when tragedy happened.  A Toyota Corolla, driven by Sarah Walker of Tallahassee, turned in to the bus, causing the bus to lose control and hit a […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 28, 2014

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Florida Supreme Court Finds Man Liable For Drunk Driving Death Caused by Ex-Wife

In 2005, Mary Taylor-Christensen was driving the PT Cruiser her ex-husband bought her during their divorce proceedings when she hit and killed a man changing a tire on the side of the road on I-95 in Cocoa.  Taylor-Christensen fled the scene of the accident and was followed by a witness who cornered her in a parking […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 14, 2014

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“2 Drunk 2 Care” Tweeter Charged with Multiple Crimes for November Wrong-Way Crash

People around the country were outraged when it was revealed that a 20-year-old who allegedly caused a wrong-way accident in November had been glorifying her illegal lifestyle and had even tweeted “2 Drunk 2 Care” shortly before the Broward County crash that took two lives.  Kayla Mendoza described herself on social media as being a […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 9, 2014

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Florida Woman Sentenced to 8 Years After No Contest Plea for DUI Death

At around 10:00 pm in June 2013, 54-year-old Carl Edward Patrick was riding his motorcycle south on US-41 when 54-year-old Donna Lynne Brown made a U-turn and struck his bike from behind.  Brown claimed that she did not know that she struck Patrick and dragged him and his bike under her car for more than three […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 8, 2014

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British Woman Sentenced in Florida DUI Manslaughter Case Years After Fleeing U.S.

In October 2005, British citizen Richen Turner was driving while her BAC was three times the legal limit in Broward County, Florida when she was involved in a crash that took the life of 39-year-old Peter Cambra.  Turner, who did get some minor injuries in the crash, fled to Great Britain shortly after the crash and […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, April 2, 2014

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DUI Manslaughter Case Nearly Ended by Mistrial After Allegations of Juror Bias

Mario Careaga, an insurance executive from Broward County, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter for his roll in the death of Miami Heat dancer Nancy Lopez-Ruiz in 2010.  Careaga was driving after leaving a party at a department store when he struck Lopez-Ruiz, who was parked on the side of the road on her motorcycle.  […]

Finebloom, Haenel & Higgins, March 31, 2014

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