Make no mistake about it – Philip Varsam was drinking at a New Year’s Eve party the night he hit Alkiva Douglas as Douglas road his bicycle along the 6700 block of Northwest Ninth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. We know this because Varsam admitted it to police. We also know it because police smelled the odor of alcohol emanating from his breath as they spoke.
According to Supervising Assistant State Attorney Ross Weiner, who is a very experienced prosecutor, passengers in Varsam’s 2015 Lexus stated that they had been drinking at three bars in Palm Beach before the crash. THREE!
This information begs a very important question that I am sure is on Alkiva Douglas’s family’s mind: Will Philip Varsam go to prison for DUI?
This article will break this case down piece by piece to explain how Traffic Homicide cases are investigated. We will explain what will happen in court and why DUI may or may not be charged. We will also discuss the role civil liability for Wrongful Death and punitive damages will play in this case.
This is a case with a lot of moving parts that touches on both criminal and civil causes of action. Continue reading for the full story.