Daytona man charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter in fatal Christmas Eve car accident

For the only-child of a couple killed in a head-on collision as they returned from a last minute Christmas Eve grocery run, the arrest of the driver is a mixed blessing, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.

The 36-year-old Daytona Beach resident was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter after an eight-month investigation. He was also charged with DUI with property damage and driving on the wrong side of the road after toxicology reports indicated he was driving under the influence of marijuana, Xanax and oxycodone.

“There’s been a lot for me to have to figure out … I can’t wait until everything is over. Everything in my life is on hold,” the victims’ daughter told the News-Journal.

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During 2007-2008, the Florida Highway Patrol made 29,732 DUI and drug arrests and investigated more than 2,400 fatal crashes involving alcohol or drugs. More than 95,200 Florida drivers had their licenses revoked due to DUI charges, the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reports.

For the driver, who was treated and released from a local hospital the day after the crash, the Christmas Eve accident was not his first DUI-related charge. The News-Journal article reported that in 1995 he pled “no contest” in a vehicular homicide case involving a one-car crash in Marion County. He has been arrested twice since June 2009 for alcohol-related and suspended license issues. And he was driving on a suspended license at the time of the Christmas Eve crash.