Driver Involved in Bayshore Boulevard Death Faces Charges of DUI and Vehicular HomicideTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 15, 2020
Tampa, FL (1/13/2020) – The driver who struck and killed a pedestrian walking along Bayshore Boulevard last week is now facing charges of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.
Police discovered that Benjamin Douglas Ehas, 31, had a blood alcohol level of 0.234, nearly three times the legal limit in Florida. Ehas claimed he only drank two shots of Fireball Whisky, but a forensics expert at the University of Florida says that it was most likely around 10 drinks.
According to the arrest report, Ehas also smoked marijuana at 7:00 a.m. the same day, which can increase impairment. Witnesses say that Ehas was driving more than 60 mph in a 35 mph zone when the accident occurred.
Tampa Police arrested Ehas at Tampa General Hospital only two hours after the crash.
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Source: Tampa Bay Times