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Hudson driver charged with DUI manslaughter for U.S. 19 crash

HUDSON – Almost a month after a fatal crash on U.S. 19, an 81-year-old man is being charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Florida Highway Patrol reports say Albert Friedman was drunk the night of Oct. 5 when he was driving his Volkswagen north on U.S. 19 near Denton Avenue. His car swerved into another lane, clipping the back bumper of a Saturn. The hit caused both cars to rotate, then overturn and slam into a light pole.

The Saturn's driver, Bridgette Ewing, 44, of Spring Hill, and passenger Vincent F. Dicristo, 44, of Port Richey, were both killed at the scene.

Friedman, of Hudson, was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

An investigation determined his blood-alcohol level was 0.227, nearly three times the level at which Florida law presumes a driver is impaired. Friedman was arrested Thursday afternoon and received two charges of DUI manslaughter, two charges of vehicular homicide and one charge of DUI property damage.

Hudson driver charged with DUI manslaughter for U.S. 19 crash 10/25/12 [Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 7:21pm]
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