The tragic St. Petersburg car crash that killed four people looks like it may have been the result of a drunk driver who was also driving under the influence of drugs according to police reports. TampaBay.com is reporting that 20-year-old Demetrius Jordan told officers he had smoked pot on the night of the accident on top of mixed drinks and Four Loko, which is an energy drink, malt liquor beverage.
Police are estimating that Jordan may have been driving twice the posted speed limit, which was 35 MPH. Some reports have the man driving as fast as 80 when he slammed into a car carrying four men who were all related. Elory McConnell and his three sons were all killed in the crash in what appears to be a fatal DUI accident.
Police say that Jordan showed all the signs of driving while intoxicated at the scene of the crash. He reportedly looked dazed and had watery eyes. He also slurred his words and was stumbling. His Chevy Impala sped down Martin Luther King, Jr. Street and crossed 22nd Avenue when it struck McConnell’s Ford Fusion carrying the four men who were on the way home to their families following a movie.
Four counts of DUI manslaughter have been filed against Jordan and he is being guarded at Bayfront Medical Center. He is also facing one count of DUI resulting in serious bodily injury. The passenger in his car is at the hospital as well after suffering serious injuries in the crash. Jordan’s bail was set at $220,050. The family of the victims want to forgive and focus their efforts on educating people on the dangers and consequences of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol according to TampaBay.com.