The Lee County Sheriff’s Office said a Texas man faces a manslaughter charge, three counts of DUI serious bodily injury, four counts of DUI property damage, and a single charge of DUI personal injury to another after a crash in Lehigh Acres.
According to authorities, multiple people were taken to the hospital including a 10-year-old child who died as a result of the injuries sustained from the crash.
Vinh Phan Le, 26, of Houston, is accused of driving drunk and causing the crash on Lee Boulevard near Alvin Avenue, deputies said.
Le was driving a Honda Accord west on Lee Boulevard and allegedly hit two cars. Officials said the crash caused one of the vehicles to swerve off the road and slam into a power pole that snapped in half from the impact.
After causing the crash, Le pulled over and deputies arrived soon after.
When speaking with Le, deputies noticed a smell of alcohol coming from his breath and also found three opened 32oz beer cans in his car.
Le performed a field sobriety test and the results led deputies to believe that Le was drunk. He was arrested, taken to a nearby hospital to be medically cleared, and then sent to jail.
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Comment from Anidjar and Levine:
Glen Levine, from the Law Firm of Anidjar and Levine, comments on this crash. “A child is dead after this unfortunate accident due to drunk driving that happened on Lee Boulevard near Alvin Avenue. Our condolence goes to the families of the dead child. Injuries and deaths sustained in a motorcycle or vehicle accident can affect the lives of all parties involved and their families who feel the effects even when they are not directly involved. The pain and suffering that comes with these incidents can become a major burden on day-to-day life.”
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