Update: DUI suspect in deadly crash charged

UPDATE: Stanley Robert Jefson waived his first appearance in court Saturday morning.

Jefson's accused of triggering a four-vehicle crash that killed a 12-year-old girl and injured seven other people back in April.

He's facing 24 charges, including DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Police said his blood alcohol levels were three times the legal limit and Jefson had traces of Xanax in his system at the time.

His vehicle was traveling over 120 miles per hour in a zone where the posted limit was 30 mph, police said.

UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Friday that the driver in a crash that killed 12-year-old girl and injured seven other people has been charged with with vehicular homicide. Stanley Robert Jefson was driving more than 120 miles per hour and had a blood alcohol level more than three-times the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to JSO. The posted speed limit was 30 mph.

Jefson, 52, has been charged with vehicular homicide, multiple counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury and driving under the influence.

According to JSO, Jefson's blood alcohol content was .279 and there were traces of Zanax in his system. Jefson had been convicted of DUI twice before.

In Florida if you have two DUIs and they're more than 5 years apart you get a 6-month license suspension and you could get a hardship at some point during that process. Because Jefson's DUIs are from 1994 and 2009 – technically he could still legally drive. Driving with a suspended license was not one of the charges.

Savannah Pheiffer, 12, died in the hospital a week after the crash and four other people suffered life threatening injuries.

Criminal defense attorney Janet Johnson says if he is convicted on the current charges he could face up to 10 – 15 years in prison.

ORIGINAL POST: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Eight people were taken to the hospital after a massive Arlington crash Friday evening involving four cars.

According to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Sgt. G.J. Foxworth, a Pontiac that may have been traveling 2-3 times faster than the speed limit slammed into the back of a truck near the intersection of Merrill Road and Townsend Boulevard. The posted speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

There were two juveniles inside the truck. One of the juveniles has serious injuries and one has life-threatening injures, Foxworth said. The crash happened around 5:30 p.m.

The two other cars involved escaped major damage.

All eight passengers involved in the crash were taken to UF Health.

Sgt. Foxworth said investigators are considering alcohol may have been a factor due to the presumed speed of the Pontiac.


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