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DeShawn Prince of Miami, Florida Under Investigation for DUI Manslaughter Charge

DeShawn Prince of Miami, Florida, allegedly crashed a car into a Lauderhill lake, claiming the lives of three young men, including two brothers. Prince is being investigated for DUI manslaughter charges and a search warrant has been filed. Press reports did not specify an attorney for Prince.

According to the warrant, the crash occurred on January 10th and claimed the lives of Shaquille Barrow, his brother Tyrese Legrand, and their friend Nathaniel Morgan. Investigators say witnesses saw Prince’s yellow Audi traveling at high speeds prior to the crash.

When Prince approached the intersection at Inverrary Boulevard and NW 44th Street, he allegedly tried to make a left turn from the right turn lane. However, he purportedly lost control and went onto the shoulder, into a tree, through a fence, and into a lake.

Prince was reportedly able to free himself and swim to shore, but his companions died in the car. According to reports, police records say that Prince told Lauderhill Police that he was trying to follow another car when he tried to make the right turn on NW 44th Street, but “was unable to due to excessive speed, lost control, and went into the lake.”

Based on information found in the warrant, Prince was allegedly encountered on the scene with bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech, and the odor of alcohol on his person. His warrant states that he was at Sunrise Bowling Alley prior to the crash where he bought a pitcher of beer with another friend. Prince allegedly stated that he had two cups of beer and played one game of bowling before leaving.

Investigators are still trying to piece together the elements of the case and there are no charges filed against Prince at this time. There is also no word on his blood alcohol level in the search warrant, but Lauderhill Police reportedly told media that they will be testing Prince’s blood to see if alcohol or drugs played a role in this crash.

Miami-Dade County has the largest number of crashes in Florida with an average of 43,000 traffic crashes between 2005 and 2010. According to reports from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, traffic crashes led to 246 deaths and 29,065 injuries in the year 2010. 1,034 of those injuries were because of DUI-related accidents.

Sources: Traffic Crash Reports – Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.pdf, 1.26.16 Prince DUI Manslaughter.pdf.