An arrest was been made by the police of a key west man after confirming that he was drunk behind the wheel and then crashing into an SUV. Paul Reece’s Yukon was struck by the driver that received the DUI and he and his passenger were injured.
According to the crash report by the Florida Highway Patrol, He was driving a 2016 Kia Optima at mile marker 14 when he went to turn left from the southbound center turn lane.
According to FH, he turned left onto East Circle Drive directly into the path of a 2008 GMC Yukon, which apparently was headed north. The Kia hit the front left of the Yukon and both vehicles stopped on the northbound shoulder with the Kia in the northbound lane.
A passenger in the Kia, from Key West, was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami with serious injuries but was in stable condition.
Paul Reece, 56, the driver of the Yukon and passenger, both of Sugarloaf Key were taken to Lower Keys Medical center. Reece had sustained serious injuries.
The driver of the Kia Motor was arrested for felony DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI property damage. He was however released from the Stock Island Detention Center.
Due to the crash, the northbound lane was closed and traffic was diverted through the center turn lane for almost an hour.
Dr. Brian Elias, from The Accident and Injury Team, comments on this crash. “It is never acceptable and very sad when you hear of person being struck by a driver that had to much to drink. These accidents can cause serious injuries often to the neck and back from the sudden impact. We hope the victim’s injuries are not life-threatening and wish him a speedy recovery.”
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