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Charges filed in accident that killed Michael Graziano

A Pinellas driver whose friend was killed in the spring when the car they were in smacked into the back of a dump truck has been charged with DUI manslaughter.

Cameron Richard Bosley, 25, of Dunedin was booked into the Pinellas County Jail early Monday morning. Several hours later, he was released in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Bosley, authorities said, is responsible for the death of Michael Graziano, 23.

Graziano is the younger brother of John Graziano, who himself suffered severe brain damage in a car crash that captured the nation's attention a few years ago because the driver was Nick Bollea, the son of wrestling star Hulk Hogan.

Michael Graziano became one of his older brother's main caretakers after that 2007 crash.

On April 3, their mother, Debra Graziano, learned her second son had been involved in an accident and was critically injured. Michael Graziano died 10 days later.

"We knew the charges were coming," said George Tragos, an attorney for the Graziano family. "The family is just going to wait to let the justice system sort it out. But they do want some end to this. They have suffered more than any family should."

The Florida Highway Patrol investigated the crash.

Troopers said Bosley's Volvo was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the truck about 3 a.m. at Ulmerton Road and 66th Street in Largo. Neither he nor Michael Graziano was wearing a seat belt.

Tragos said investigators told the family Bosley was drunk. Michael Graziano had not been drinking, the attorney said.

Sgt. Steve Gaskins, an FHP spokesman, told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday that Bosley's blood-alcohol content was registered at 0.174, more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver to be impaired.

Gaskins said troopers recommended in July that the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office charge Bosley. After a warrant was recently issued for his arrest, Bosley turned himself in late Sunday night, Gaskins said.

Records show Bosley has a criminal record that includes arrests for reckless driving and fleeing and eluding police.

Tragos said the two young men were friends, but he's not sure how close they were or where they were going that night.

The Grazianos have spent the past few years in and out of the spotlight. The family settled a lawsuit against the Bolleas for an undisclosed sum after John Graziano's accident. Then in 2011, the boys' father, Ed Graziano, was convicted of trying to hire a hit man to kill Debra. He is serving a 10-year prison sentence for that.

Tragos said Debra Graziano is still struggling with this loss. And while she grieves for her younger son, she still is the primary caregiver for her older one.

John Graziano, Tragos said, is slowly improving.

"Debra is an extraordinary strong woman," Tragos said. "She's struggling, but her faith is giving her strength."

Kameel Stanley can be reached at kstanley@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8643.

Charges filed in accident that killed Michael Graziano 11/12/12 [Last modified: Monday, November 12, 2012 10:29pm]
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