HAINES CITY, Fla. — An Uber driver is under arrest for DUI Manslaughter after driving under the influence of methamphetamine and marijuana while crashing his vehicle and killing his passenger. The Uber passenger died when the Uber driver lost control over his vehicle and slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer truck. The Uber driver now faces charges of vehicular homicide, possession of methamphetamine, as well as possession of drug paraphernalia, according to an article appearing on MSN.com. The passenger who lost his life was only 30-years-of-age. The Uber driver was not driving a vehicle owned by him; rather, he was driving a rented Toyota sedan.
Haines City Police accident investigators say that the fatal crash that happened on January 8th was the result of an Uber driver who was under the influence of drugs at the time of the crash. Haines City police and other first responders raced to U.S.17/92 in Haines City, near Shamrock Drive, to investigate a massive collision between a Toyota sedan and an 18-wheeler. Police reported that the semi-truck was almost at a complete stop when the Uber driver plowed into it around midnight. Upon arrival, first responders found the Uber passenger unconscious and suffering from massive head trauma. They attempted to resuscitate the mortally wounded man but were unsuccessful. The Uber driver went to the hospital for treatment of extensive facial injuries.
Police examined the Uber driver’s rented Toyota and found a glass pipe with methamphetamine residue. Hospital personnel drew the Uber driver’s blood and found methamphetamine along with THC — the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana — at levels greater than a therapeutic dose.
Haines City police said that the Uber driver picked up the man who died in Orlando and was driving him to a residence in Haines City. The Haines City chief of police said that he applauds the efforts of people who take rideshares if they are unfit to drive. However, the chief continued, rideshare passengers, have every right to expect the person driving to be a competent, safe, and sober driver.
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