Donald Wood of High Springs, Florida had a blood alcohol level of .22, nearly three times the legal limit, when he slammed into Kyle Ford's bike, throwing Kyle off of it and killing him .
FHP investigated it, the Assistant State Attorney Andrea Muirheard made a judgment call and 9 months later, Donald Wood, a man who clearly does not respect vehicle safety laws, walked away a free man. Asst State Attorney Muirheard concluded there was not enough evidence to charge Donald Wood with a felony count of DUI Manslaughter.
I thought drinking and driving was a crime. I thought that killing someone in the midst of committing a crime was a very serious offense with very serious penalties. Apparently not.
Donald Wood's case was treated as a "traffic case" not a "criminal case" and received 90 days in the county jail, of which 60 can be served in a residential rehab facility, one year driver license suspension, 1 year probation and 100 hours community service.
This guy should be behind bars. How many DUIs does it take to get these people off the road for good?
That's the penalty for drinking and driving and killing someone.
I don't blame Judge Philman, he probably did the best he could given the charge. But I do blame the Assistant State Attorney who handled the case and the FHP as well.