Ronald Judson Smith is on trial for eight charges stemming from an alleged drunk driving accident that killed a 7-year-old girl. According to police, Smith was driving with a suspended license from a previous DUI when he ran a red light and crashed into a Ford Mustang. Smith is facing charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage, possession of illegal prescription drugs, driving while suspended, failure to submit to a breath test and other charges.
According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, witnesses to the fatal accident saw Smith throw beer cans and prescription bottles into the woods near the scene of the accident. The Port Charlotte man is facing up to 67 years in prison if convicted of all the charges. Sarah-Dian Heineman died 10 days after the crash.