Tampa Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter

827175_f508b6d4eec2433ca8fbc3566afbf14eChad Authur Prilliman was charged with DUI manslaughter for an accident that took place a couple of days before Christmas. 40-year-old Prilliman ran a red light while driving his 2013 Kia on MLK Boulevard colliding with a 2006 Nissan. The accident caused Prilliman and the other driver to suffer minor injuries. Unfortunately, Prilliman’s passenger, Brian Robert Costello died at the scene.

Prilliman may have received alcohol from an establishment so he may not be the only party liable for the accident. Establishments that sell alcoholic beverages can be held liable for the actions of their intoxicated patrons. Florida’s dram shop law imposes strict liability to businesses that sell alcoholic beverages to minors or individuals that are already visibly intoxicated. Florida Statute § 768.125 provides that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a minor, or who knowingly serves a person who is already visibly intoxicated any beverages, may become liable for injury or damages resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.

It is unknown whether drugs were Prilliman’s system at the time of the collision. If so, hiring a drug defense attorney may be in his best interest. The death of Brian Robert Costello will likely result in serious criminal charges.

Furthermore, Costello died, which may be deemed a wrongful death. Wrongful death cases are complicated due to requiring the assistance of a capable attorney like Mr. Alexis Izquierdo. Many times it can be difficult to obtain a complete picture of how the events happened because the victim, the person with first-hand knowledge, is not here to give us their story. In order to assist with putting the victim’s story together, Mr. Izquierdo relies on the official death reports prepared by the medical examiner’s office and the homicide detectives. He also retains his own investigators to look into the events that led to the tragic death. Furthermore, Mr. Izquierdo seeks the guidance of medical experts to better understand the medical reasons behind the death of the victim.

If you have been seriously injured or a loved one has been killed as a result of a drunk driver, it is important that you consult Mr. Izquierdo to determine what your rights are. Just because you were a victim of a drunk driver does not mean that you can bring a claim against the establishment that served alcohol. The Plaintiff must prove that said establishment had notice of the driver’s intoxication prior to selling him the alcoholic beverage. As your attorney, Mr. Izquierdo must prove that the establishment knew or should have known of the customer’s state of inebriation. Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., can help you determine if you have a claim, not only against the drunk individual that was the direct cause of your injuries, but against the business that served them alcohol.

Because the burden of proof rests with the Plaintiff, it is essential that you retain an attorney with the resources to gather the necessary evidence to help you prove your case. At Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., we have the resources and the experience that is necessary for your claim to be successful. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver that was served too much alcohol by an establishment in violation of Florida Law, contact the offices of Alexis Izquierdo, P.A., for a free consultation.

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