On Sunday, a Georgia woman was killed by a drunk driver while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida, NewsHerald.com reports.
Kerri Ann Hall died when a car driven by 22-year-old Robert Michael Dick slammed into the Hyundai she was riding in. Dick told police that he was black-out drunk at the time of the crash. He was arrested on DUI-related charges.
Dick told authorities that he had headed over to T.G.I. Friday's after work for a whiskey and coke. He then had another drink at Player's Sports and Billiard Cafe before heading home.
Dick's car struck the back of the Hyundai driven by 30-year-old Tiffany Kena Pruett, causing Pruett's car to flip onto the median and roll over. Hall, a passenger in Pruett's car, was killed in the wreck. Pruett was seriously injured.
Unfortunately, Pruett and Hall weren't wearing their seat belts. Dick, who had been wearing his seat belt, suffered only minor injuries. Had Hall clicked it, she may have walked away from the accident.
According to police, Dick then fled the scene on foot. Police found him "soiled and wet" a mile away. He told investigators that he didn't remember the crash and that he "might have been drugged," according to the police report. A Breathalyzer test indicated that Dick has a blood alcohol content of .098 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent.
Had the accident occurred in Georgia, Dick would've been charged with vehicular homicide. Any person who kills another while driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is guilty of vehicular homicide in the state. A conviction is punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison.
Tiffany Kena Pruett and Kerri Ann Hall weren't the only victims involved in the accident. Deputy J.M. Duggins was struck by a Scion while directing traffic at the scene of the wreck.
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