Adrian David Rodriguez of Clearwater Charged With DUI Manslaughter in Dunedin Crash

Reckless Driving

A Clearwater man has been charged with DUI manslaughter for killing another driver last month.

33 year old Adrian David Rodriguez, of Clearwater has been charged with DUI manslaughter after he ran his car on a red light and struck 28 year old Christopher J. Holly at U.S. 19 and Republic Drive last month in Dunedin.

According to the investigators and the Florida Highway Patrol, Rodriguez had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. The FHP in their report cited that Rodriguez ran a red light at around 3 am on the morning of 6 October. He was driving his 1999 Nissan Altima when the other driver, 28 year old Christopher J. Holly, was making a U-turn at the intersection on a green left-turn arrow signal. His Nissan Xterra was struck by Rodriguez, resulting in death on impact when his car rolled over after the hit. Rodriguez himself suffered minor injuries in the crash.

The FHP troopers state Rodriguez smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slurred. His blood sample was taken for testing and came back as 0.25 at the time of crash.

Christopher J. Holly also of Clearwater, was leaving Countryside Lanes at the time of the crash. He was a bowler and a well known member of the league. According to the Times report, “After his death, Holly’s teammates said they planned to donate some of their bowling earnings to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.”

On Friday, Rodriguez turned himself in and was booked at the Pinellas County Jail. He also faces a DUI property damage charge. He was released from Pinellas County Jail on Friday night after paying a bail of more than $20,000.

Author: Amir Ladan
A former assistant state attorney for Orange/Osceola Counties, Amir has handled thousands of cases and dozens of trials, ranging from DUI and traffic offenses to murder, in both adult and juvenile court.

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