Earlier this month, a Florida Uber driver was arrested for his role in a fatal DUI crash that killed his passenger. The driver is being held on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia
The accident occurred during the early morning hours of January 8, 2020. Uber driver, 27-year-old Clint Fischer Jr., was driving Estevan Pascual of Orland to Haines City. Fischer hit the back of a tractor-trailer, which was nearly stopped at US 17/92 and Shamrock Drive. While Fischer only sustained minor facial injuries and was transported to AdventHealth Heart of Florida, Pascual suffered blunt force trauma to the head and died at the scene.
According to Haines City police, Fischer was under the influence of multiple drugs when he hit the back of the truck. In the police report, it stated a blood sample from Fischer taken at the hospital showed he was under the influence of high amounts of meth and marijuana.
At the time of the crash, the tractor-trailer driver told police he was looking for the location to drop off his cargo when he was hit from behind. The police investigation concluded that Fischer’s rented Toyota sedan had begun drifting off the road and showed no signs of braking before impact. Once Fischer hit the truck, he continued forward before stopping alongside the truck. Inside the Toyota, police found a glass smoking device containing powdery residue inside a bag belonging to Fischer. The residue tested positive for methamphetamine.
In response to the crash, Chief Jim Elensky had this to say: “As law enforcement officers, we see the merits of these ride-sharing applications for those who are drinking or without a license. Those using these applications should be able to have the expectation that their drivers be alert, competent, and sober behind the wheel. In this case, the driver’s actions cost a man his life.”
Uber drivers are tasked with the responsibility of ensuring their passengers arrive safely at their chosen destination. When that doesn’t happen, the driver should be held accountable for their actions. The Rideshare Law Group helps accident victims recover from injuries and losses.
If you’ve been involved in a crash because of an Uber driver’s negligence or you’ve lost a loved one, you have the right to take legal action. While the claim filing process is complex, our attorneys have the experience and resources needed to help you succeed. Contact us today to learn more about your rights and options.