Drunk Driving Caused Tampa Wrong-way Crash
On March 21st, a medical examiner’s report was released on the at-fault driver in Tampa’s second fatal wrong-way crash that took place in late February. The examiner’s findings indicate the young man was drunk when he collided with an Enterprise rental truck.
According to a recent update released by the Tampa Bay Times, the news report says Chase Kaleb Leveille’s blood-alcohol level was confirmed to be 0.21 at the time of the February 21st crash that took place in the wrong direction on Interstate 275.
Leveille was driving a 1993 red Honda Civic north in the center lane of southbound I-275 near Bearss Avenue around 2:35 a.m. Troopers said Leveille travelled north in the southbound lanes of the interstate for nearly three miles before colliding head on with an Enterprise rental truck heading south in the center lane at the same time.
The medical examiner’s report stated Leveille’s blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit. Leveille, a 25-year-old man from Riverview, was the only person killed in the traffic accident. Two men riding in the rental truck were treated for minor injuries. That accident came just two weeks later after five people, including four University of South Florida fraternity brothers, were killed on I-275 in a separate, unrelated wrong-way crash. The two fatal auto accident sites are located about three miles apart from one another.
Daniel Lee Morris, 28, had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 with traces of marijuana present when he drove a friend’s Ford Expedition south in the northbound lanes of I-275 early on February 9th, according to earlier reports. Several organizations partnered their efforts to honor the four USF students killed by the alcohol-impaired, wrong-way driver last month in a deadly car crash on I-275 in Tampa. The goal was to help raise awareness about the dangers of impaired driving.
AAA and other local organizations joined with MADD on Friday, March 21st to sponsor nearly 400 students in an awareness walk event that took place around the USF Tampa campus. All proceeds raised by the walk were to benefit MADD’s victim outreach services.
Drunk Driving Statistics
- In the state of Florida, the majority of DUI-related fatalities occur on Friday or Saturday, with most accidents taking place between 3:00AM and 5:00AM.
- In 2011, the Florida DMV recorded a total of 55,722 DUI arrests, of which 2,045 occurred in the Tampa Bay area.
- In 2012, Tampa DUI arrests decreased by more than 100 cases down to 1,912. In 2012, Tampa had its lowest number of DUI arrests in 10 years.
- In 2012, there were 697 traffic fatalities caused by drunk driving in the state of Florida
- In 2012, approximately 10,300 people died in the US due to accidents caused by drunk/impaired drivers.