Karl Jeckel was booked into Pinellas County jail on charges of DUI manslaughter and driving with a suspended license following a 10-month investigation into the death of 20-year-old Angela Gaskin. The incident that led to Jeckel’s arrest took place on July 14, 2009 when Gaskin was riding in the front seat of Jeckel’s SUV. Jeckel swerved off the road and Gaskin hit her head on a mailbox as she was hanging out of the window. She died due to the injuries suffered in the accident. Jeckel drove off a Pinellas Park road and into a rain gutter. For some reason Gaskin was hanging out of the passenger side window. At that point her head hit a mailbox causing her death.
According to police reports and TBO.com, Jeckle had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 nearly three hours after the fatal accident. He and his two passengers had reportedly been at a Pinellas Park bar before getting in the SUV. Documents say that Jeckel drank two Double Crown bombs which amounts to four shots of Crown Royal Canadian whiskey.
The investigation into the accident stretched out for nearly a year. Investigators made the arrest after they determined there was nothing in the road that would have caused the driver to swerve. They also found no mechanical issues with Jeckel’s Silverado that would have caused the accident.
The 25-year-old Clearwater resident has a prior DUI conviction from Colorado and was driving on a suspended license (DWLS) at the time of the accident that took the life of Angela Gaskin. He has a previous conviction for driving with a suspended or revoked license in Colorado as well. There was no mention of bail or bond in the story on TBO.com.