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Man with DUI history pleads guilty to wrong-way I-95 crash. Victim’s car plunged off flyover.

Source: Miami Herald

An intoxicated man who was driving his car the wrong way on I-95 and knocked another car off the Golden Glades flyover pleaded guilty Wednesday to DUI manslaughter and related charges. The crash killed one man and severely injured another. Irwin Rockwell, 38, of Ochopee in Collier County, reached a plea deal with Miami-Dade prosecutors that will send him to state prison for 17 years followed by 10 years of probation. Before dawn on Aug. 24, 2021, Rockwell was driving a silver Chevrolet Equinox SUV headed south in the northbound I-95 express lanes near the Golden Glades interchange. His car struck a Subaru with two Miami-Dade County men inside. The Subaru plummeted off the flyover, a fall of about 85 feet, landed on its roof and burst into flames.

Rockwell had been convicted of three prior DUI offenses and was driving with a revoked driver’s license at the time of last year’s crash, Adams said. He was treated at a local hospital and later arrested, she said. His blood alcohol level was 0.12, which was taken a few hours after the accident, she said. The legal limit is 0.08 in Florida.

Read more at: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article258970448.html#storylink=cpy

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Jonathan Blecher

Jonathan Blecher

Licensed to practice since 1982, Jonathan Blecher has defended over 5000 DUI and suspended driver license cases. A former Assistant State Attorney under Janet Reno, Jonathan later developed his interest and skills in DUI defense working under DUI legend Richard Essen, a founding member of the National College for DUI Defense. A member of the College himself, Jonathan has lectured on DUI topics at seminars, civic and business groups, as well as at the Miami-Dade County Police academy in courtroom procedure for police cadets. Jonathan is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a Florida DUI SuperLawyer, and is authorized to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, the U.S. District Court for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, as well as the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

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