Jason K. Carter of Wellington, Florida has been arrested in Michigan on multiple DUI charges for his alleged involvement in the DUI car crash that led to the death of John J. Stermer of Wellington.
Carter, 47, is charged with vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and reckless driving. News sources did not name an attorney for him.
According to the arrest report, the alleged incident occurred at around 12:10 a.m. on December 23, 2017. Carter was reportedly speeding in his 2014 Ford Mustang when he rear-ended a 2015 Jeep Wrangler driven by Miguel Portillo. Carter failed to reduce his speed or take evasive action to avoid colliding into Portillo, the sheriff’s office said.
The crash caused both vehicles to spin out of control and Portillo’s Jeep struck Stermer, 74, who was walking his dogs along the sidewalk. Stermer succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the report said. Portillo sustained serious injuries but is in recovery. Carter received minor injuries.
Details of Carter’s arrest were not immediately available, but he is purportedly awaiting extradition from Michigan.
Another DUI manslaughter arrest was reported earlier this week in Hallandale Beach. Laszlo Aspirany was arrested on August 29 for allegedly causing a DUI car crash that damaged four vehicles and killed Susana Alvarez de Lima.
Aspirany, 69, is charged with DUI causing damage to property, DUI causing injury, and DUI manslaughter. He is being held on $155,000 bond.
According to the police report, the DUI accident occurred on May 10 on 720 S. Federal Highway in Hallandale Beach. Aspirany was reportedly exiting the parking lot of the Royal Palm mobile home park when he inexplicably stopped his vehicle in the middle of the road. A Mercedes swerved to avoid Aspirany’s vehicle, but he accelerated and crashed into it, the report said.
The impact of the crash pushed Aspirany’s vehicle over the curb and struck Alvarez de Lima, who fell onto the car’s hood. Aspirany was still accelerating with Alvarez de Lima on the hood when he crashed into three more vehicles. Alvarez de Lima suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
According to some witnesses, Aspirany tried to cover up the fact that he had been drinking by spraying himself with cologne.
“They immediately observed Mr. Aspirany spraying himself with cologne in an attempt to cover up or disguise the fact that he was drinking,” Traffic homicide prosecutor Scott Strauss said during a court hearing last week, the Sun Sentinel reported. “Mr. Aspirany walks across the street in an attempt to blend in and further disguise himself from being involved in the crash.”
Strauss alleges that Aspirany tried to cover up his involvement in the crash by crossing the road to return to his home at the Royal Palm mobile home park. When witnesses pointed him out to police, Aspirany reportedly fell to the pavement and claimed to be experiencing chest pains. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution. His blood alcohol level was .15, which is almost twice the legal limit of .08.
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