Bradenton, FL (May 28, 2021) - Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol responded to the scene of an impaired driving crash on Thursday night. The crash took place around 8:00 p.m. near the intersection with 27th Street East and 26th Avenue East.
According to troopers, Nicholas Rodriguez was operating a vehicle when his car left the roadway and hit a utility pole before bursting into flames. A passenger in Rodriguez's vehicle became trapped inside and later died at the crash scene. Rodriguez, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was later arrested and charged DUI manslaughter. The name of the deceased victim has not been revealed at this time. The crash remains under investigation.
There is no further information available.
In 2017, Florida experienced 5,125 alcohol-related crashes. This number equates to about 14 crashes per day in which drivers are drinking or under the influence of alcohol or some other substance. Of the number of crashes, about 350 fatalities were reported and many more victims suffered injuries. Drunk driving crashes are almost always caused by the negligence of the impaired driver. Being impaired slows reaction time and diminishes the capability of drivers to appreciate the risks of driving.
We wish to offer our thoughts and best wishes to the victims and their families following this car accident in Bradenton.
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