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Florida couple killed by alleged drunk driver on Thanksgiving

A couple returning from a Thanksgiving dinner with friends was killed when an alleged drunk driver slammed into their car in St. Petersburg on Nov. 27. The crash occurred around 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Central Avenue and 34th Street.

According to police, the suspect, a 31-year-old Seminole man, was driving his 2003 Porsche SUV in excess of 100 mph when he hit the passenger side of a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The Toyota's driver, a 64-year-old man, and his wife, age 55, were both killed instantly. The couple lived in St. Petersburg.

Just before the fatal accident, police said the suspect hit another car at Central Avenue and 58th Street and fled the scene. The car's 67-year-old female driver was not hurt in the crash.

Police said the suspect appeared impaired at the scene of the accident, and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit of .08 percent. He has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash, driving an unregistered vehicle, driving without a license and violating a business purpose only driver's license.

Family members who have lost a loved one in a fatal car crash might wish to initiate a wrongful death civil lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident in order to recover damages. If a wrongful death lawsuit is successful, an at-fault party may be compelled by the court to pay a financial settlement that covers funeral and burial costs, lost wages, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance and more.

Source: BayNews9.com, "Man charged with DUI manslaughter in St. Pete double fatal crash," Nov. 29, 2014

Source: CBS Pittsburgh , "Pittsburgh Couple Killed In High-Speed Crash In Fla. ", Bob Allen , November 29, 2014

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