LARGO — Cameron Bosley and Michael Graziano had known each other since grade school.
Cameron Bosley, 25, is devastated by a car crash seven months ago that left his childhood friend dead, Bosley's lawyer said Tuesday.
Bosley was behind the wheel that night and, according to authorities, drunk. He turned himself into the Pinellas County Jail this week to face a charge of DUI manslaughter.
Michael Graziano, 23, was fatally injured when Bosley's Volvo crashed into the back of a dump truck at 3 a.m. at Ulmerton Road and 66th Street in Largo.
"This is a very unbelievably sad situation for everybody," attorney Roger Futerman said. "They were very close. I think he'd known him since the fourth grade."
Graziano was 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.
After the crash, Bosley's blood-alcohol content was 0.174, more than twice the level at which Florida law presumes a driver to be impaired, authorities said.
Futerman said Bosley still cries every day about his friend's death and has "tremendous sympathy" for the Graziano family. Futerman said he has been in contact with the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office for months. He would not say whether his client is considering a plea agreement.
"I will tell you that my client is very sensitive to the feelings of the family," Futerman said. "We're going to do everything we can to be sensitive. We want to make this as painless for the mother as possible."