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Jacksonville, Florida Woman Arrested for DUI Manslaughter

A Jacksonville (Duval County), Florida woman was recently arrested on charges of DUI (driving under the influence) Manslaughter after causing a car accident that killed her young son. According to the article on www.News4jax.com, the Florida Highway Patrol crash report indicated that Angela Harper lost control of her vehicle, crossed over two lanes of traffic and crashed into the guardrail. Ms. Harper was wearing her seat belt, but the five passengers were not and were all thrown from the vehicle.

After the accident, a blood alcohol test was performed on Ms. Harper. The results showed that her blood alcohol level was 0.11, which is above the legal limit.

In Florida, the crime of DUI Manslaughter is committed when a person operates a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or certain drugs and has his/her normal faculties impaired or has a blood or breath alcohol level of 0.08 or more and as a result causes the death of another. DUI Manslaughter under these circumstances is normally punishable as a second degree felony.