Man Acquitted of DUI Vehicular Manslaughter in Florida Dies After Driving Into Tree

William Garrett CoeMan who was acquitted of DUI Vehicular Manslaughter in Florida may have been drinking when killed in a one vehicle crash. William Garrett Coe was acquitted of three charges of DUI vehicular manslaughter in 2012 stemming from a 2009 crash that killed his three passengers: Eduardo Lope, 22, Lucero Tijerno, 17, and her 11-month old daughter, and Layla Pinto-Tijerno. Lucero Tijerno was 5 months pregnant at the time of her death. Coe was also charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the time of the crash Coe had told officers that he regularly smoked marijuana, and a blood draw revealed that he had 3.3ng/mL of Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his blood.

A jury acquitted Coe in 2012 on the DUI vehicular manslaughter charges. On January 3, 2013, Coe was driving a pickup truck and failed to negotiate a curve. His truck crashed into two road signs and uprooted a small tree before hitting another, larger tree. Coe was in critical condition and hospitalized. He was the only occupant in the truck, and deputies reported smelling alcohol on his breath, and also found an empty beer can in the truck.

If you have been charged with drinking and driving in Florida, contact an experienced and skilled Florida DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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