Articles Tagged with Broward DUI Manslaughter

According to a recent news story from the Sun Sentinel, the driver of Lamborghini was arrested after he allegedly drove the vehicle at 75 miles per hour, which was well above the posted speed limit, and then crashed into another vehicle.  The other vehicle was being operated by an Uber driver, who was 82-years-old at the time of his death.=

DUI manslaughter chargesThe driver of the Lamborghini turned himself in on charges of DUI and negligent manslaughter.  Authorities say defendant, who is 61-years-old, was at a Delray bar before the accident occurred. He was with his girlfriend at the time, who is now his wife.

Prosecutors produced a duplicate of his bar tab showing the couple had ordered many mixed drinks, and he allegedly had at least three Long Island Ice Teas prior to getting behind the wheel of his sports car. Continue reading

A Weston man recently pleaded guilty to killing a pedestrian last year while driving drunk. Bryce Samartino, 23, pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in the death of 66-year-old Elourdes Ostange, a mother of 10. beer4

In exchange for entering a plea, as opposed to taking his case to trial, he was given the minimum mandatory sentence of four years in prison. An attorney representing the victim’s family said her survivors expressed their wishes for leniency to prosecutors because this was “a tragedy for everyone involved.”

Although four years is still a substantial amount of time, per F.S. 316.193, the charge of DUI manslaughter carries a maximum 15-year prison sentence – which means the outcome could have been much worse for the defendant. The case is an example of how the express wishes of the victims, as well as other mitigating factors, can play a role in sentencing. This is true whether you choose to enter a plea deal or take your Broward criminal case to trial.  Continue reading