Florida Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Fatal DUI Crash in Boca Raton

Drunk driver sentenced to 12 years in prison for fatal DUI crash that killed 2 elderly people and injured a woman in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Florida Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Fatal DUI Crash in Boca Raton

Florida Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Fatal DUI Crash in Boca Raton

Jaime Josue Gomez Escobedo, 36, of Boca Raton, Florida, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a DUI crash that killed two elderly people and injured a woman on February 1, 2023. Escobedo pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of DUI causing serious bodily injury.

The fatal crash occurred when Escobedo ran a red light at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and State Road 7 in Boca Raton while driving his 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. He collided with a 2021 Nissan Rogue, killing the driver, Arie Oberlender, 82, and a passenger, Golda Oberlender, 79, both from New York. A second passenger, a Boca Raton woman, sustained serious injuries.

Toxicology tests revealed that Escobedo's blood-alcohol level was nearly 0.3 at the time of the crash, about four times the legal limit in Florida. The judge sentenced Escobedo to 12 years on each of the manslaughter counts and 5 years on the count involving bodily injury, to be served concurrently. Escobedo's driver's license was also revoked for life.

Why this matters: Drunk driving continues to be a serious problem in Florida and across the United States, claiming innocent lives and causing immeasurable suffering for victims and their families. This tragic case serves as a sobering reminder of the devastating consequences of impaired driving and the importance of strict enforcement and sentencing for DUI offenses.

In a statement, the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office said, "This case is a heartbreaking example of the dangers of driving under the influence. Our thoughts are with the victims' families and loved ones as they continue to cope with this senseless tragedy." The Oberlender family expressed gratitude for the support they have received from the community and the justice system, but emphasized that no sentence can bring back their loved ones.

Key Takeaways

  • Jaime Josue Gomez Escobedo sentenced to 12 years for DUI crash killing 2, injuring 1.
  • Escobedo's blood-alcohol level was nearly 0.3, 4 times the legal limit in Florida.
  • Crash occurred when Escobedo ran a red light, colliding with a Nissan Rogue.
  • Victims were Arie Oberlender, 82, and Golda Oberlender, 79, from New York.
  • Escobedo's driver's license revoked for life, case highlights dangers of impaired driving.