Woman Charged with DUI After Leaving Coconut Grove Jogger in Critical Condition

April 6, 2011 by David S. Seltzer

A news story on a suspected drunk driving accident caught my eye as a Miami-Dade intoxicated driving criminal defense attorney. According to an April 4 article from the Miami Herald, 32-year-old Corina Gonzalez was arrested last weekend after she allegedly caused a crash that put an 18-year-old in the hospital. Brian Beaubrun was hit by Gonzalez’s Jeep at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday while he was jogging. He was originally reported as dead, but the article said he was in critical condition as of Monday at the Ryder Trauma Center. It wasn’t clear whether Beaubrun was a high school student or a graduate.

The accident was witnessed by Miami Herald employee Alex Fuentes, director of interactive products. Fuentes was a passenger in a friend’s car when he witnessed the accident at the intersection of Virginia Street and West Trade Avenue in Coconut Grove. He and his friend saw the Jeep hit something that flew into the air and were shocked to realize it was a person. According to a police report, Gonzalez was heading north on Virginia Street and had just crossed the intersection with West Trade when she drifted or swerved to the right and hit a parked car. Her Jeep bounced off it and hit Beaubrun, who was jogging on the side of the road. Fuentes and his friend called 911 and waited for an ambulance Gonzalez is facing charges of DUI causing serious bodily injury. No hearing or trial dates were reported.

As a south Florida drunk driving criminal defense lawyer, I would strongly advise Gonzalez or anyone else in her position to get help from an experienced DUI lawyer right away. DUI causing serious bodily injury is a felony, which means Gonzalez is likely to face prison time. This is assuming no further charges are filed, which is still possible at this early stage. It also comes with all of the same penalties of any driving under the influence charge in Florida, which includes a driver’s license suspension, huge fines and fees, DUI school and more. In order to maximize your chances of staying out of prison on this charge and minimize the effects on your job, your family and your life, it’s essential to speak to a Broward County DUI criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

If you’re charged with driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs in Florida, you should never plead guilty without speaking to an experienced defense attorney from Seltzer Law, P.A. Led by a former prosecutor, our law firm can help find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, or negotiate for the fairest possible penalties if you prefer a guilty plea. To learn more, call us anytime — 24 hours a day and seven days a week — at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) or send us an email.