Clearwater Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter in Dunedin Crash

Investigators say Adrian David Rodriguez's blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit when he ran a red light and struck a car driven by Christopher Holly at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive last month.

A Clearwater man accused of running a red light and killing another driver last month in Dunedin has been charged with DUI manslaughter, the Tampa Bay Times reports, citing the Florida Highway Patrol.

Adrian David Rodriguez, 33, turned himself in Friday and was booked in Pinellas County Jail, according to the report.

FHP investigators said Rodriguez ran a red light with his 1999 Nissan Altima at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive in Dunedin in the early morning hours of Oct. 6. Christopher Holly, 28, was making a U-turn at the intersection when his Nissan Xterra was struck by Rodriguez's. The impact caused Holly's car to roll over, and he died at the scene.

Rodriguez suffered minor injuries in the crash. Blood test results later showed his blood alcohol level was more than three times the legal limit, the Times reports.

Holly was a competitive bowler and was leaving Countryside Lanes at the time of the crash, according to the Times. "After his death, Holly's teammates said they planned to donate some of their bowling earnings to Mothers Against Drunk Driving," the Times reports.

Rodriguez also faces a DUI property damage charge. He was released Friday from Pinellas County Jail after posting more than $20,000 bond.

Jeannie Vaughn November 25, 2012 at 02:59 PM
He was driving drunk...not just drunk, but wasted, and he KILLED an innocent person with his vehicle! How can the justify letting him out of jail at all?? It's because he paid the fine. If you have enough money, you can get away with anything. Sad but true.
Allison Peterson November 26, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Because in this country you are innocent until proven guilty and he has obviously met the court's requirements to not be considered a flight risk. What he did (assuming guilt) is sad, disgusting, and unforgivable. But, we have processes and rights in this country that protect people like and you and me and these processes and protections are afforded to all until guilt is established. I don't think you want to suggest we abolish these ideals. In the end, he should face harsh penalty (death I would argue but that isn't the law), and if not, THAT is what we should be upset about.
Edward Bardoe November 26, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Perhaps you should have the US constitution repealed, as it requires that those not yet convicted have access to bail.
Lori Kernohan November 26, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I cannot believe that they allowed him out of jail, he KILLED an innocent man because he was driving drunk and way over the limit, but in this State of Florida, they allow all different types of criminals to get away with a slap on the hand and say No No dont do that again, it could be murder, rape,drug selling, domestic violence nothing matters anymore that is why so many criminals are on the streets repeating their crimes over and over again. RIP Chris Im so sorry your life had to be taken in such a devistating manner.....


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