Tyler Jon Kersting of Fort Lauderdale, Florida has been arrested and charged with a DUI with serious bodily injury to another and leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury. He is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. News reports did not specify a lawyer for Kersting.
Kersting, 23, is accused of allegedly driving into a tree while under the influence and leaving a seriously injured passenger in the car without calling 911. The accident purportedly happened at North Flagler Drive and Northeast 11th Street on December 8, 2014.
According to the police report, Kersting drove his Nissan Sentra into a tree after failing to stop the vehicle at a stop sign. He had three passengers in his vehicle and after the alleged accident, Kersting and the front seat passenger allegedly left the crash and didn’t call 911 to seek help for the injured backseat passengers.
The police report states that Kersting allegedly went behind a building near the crash site and called his mother, who told him to go back to the scene, but he purportedly didn’t try to help his backseat passengers, one of whom suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Kersting was arrested last Thursday on DUI charges. During a court session held the next day, Eric Linder, the prosecutor handling the case, said that one of the passengers suffered acute respiratory failure in addition to fractures to the jaw, nose, and skull as a result of the accident. Reports say that the prosecutor further stated that the injured passenger needed very lengthy physical and occupational therapy. Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley has restricted Kersting’s driving to trips to work or school.
Reports say that the prosecutor further said that the injured passenger needed very lengthy physical and occupational therapy. Broward Judge John “Jay” Hurley has restricted Kersting’s driving to trips to work or school.
According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation DUI cases in Florida have caused an average of 800 fatalities between 2010 and 2014. These numbers are for people killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents.
Source: Florida DUI Statistics and 2.26.16 Kersting DUI .pdf