79ºF

87-year-old man arrested in connection with fatal DUI crash

Martin Hernandez claims to have had 3-4 beers on day of crash, police say

photo

MIAMI – An 87-year-old man from Miami was arrested Sunday on a warrant months after one person died in a crash, authorities said.

According to the arrest warrant, Martin Hernandez had been drinking alcohol on the afternoon of March 26 when he caused a crash that left one person dead.

Police said Hernandez was behind the wheel of a 2003 Toyota Corolla just after 3:45 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Northwest 54th Street when he veered to the right and struck the side of a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

Police said Hernandez's car rolled over onto its roof as it traveled across the sidewalk, striking two pedestrians, Zachery Baldwin, 42, and Corey Tully, 38.

The Corolla also struck a light pole and came to a final rest just east of Northwest 30th Court, the warrant said.

Baldwin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Tully was treated at the scene for minor injuries, and the driver of the other vehicle, Carol Ann Davis, 70, was not injured. 

Authorities said good Samaritans assisted Hernandez out of his vehicle as first responders arrived. 

Police said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from Hernandez' breath and said that he showed signs of impairment, including glossy, bloodshot eyes, slurred, mumbled and thick-tongued speech and that he had difficulty focusing his attention. 

Hernandez was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital in stable condition, where he  agreed to provide blood samples to authorities for toxicology testing.

A blood sample taken at 4:55 p.m. showed Hernandez had a blood-alcohol level of .156 percent, and a sample taken at 6:35 p.m. showed he had a blood-alcohol level of .134 percent, the warrant said.

Detectives said Hernandez claimed that he had three to four Heineken beers that day at a restaurant before getting into an accident. 

He said he was struck by another vehicle and was unsure about what caused the crash. 

Police said Hernandez claimed that he didn't strike any pedestrians; however, authorities said the crash was captured on surveillance video from a nearby Citgo gas station.

Hernandez faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide in a reckless manner, DUI with property damage and reckless driving.

 

 


About the Author: