Florida Man Who Killed Nuns in DUI Accident Sentenced to Prison

by Carmen Dellutri on August 19, 2011

Florida DUI accidentA North Fort Myers man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last month after pleading guilty to killing two nuns in a Florida alcohol-related car accident, Naples News reports.

Michael Hickman, 62, received the maximum sentence and must serve 15 years probation after his prison release as part of a plea deal on two manslaughter counts. As part of his plea, Hickman must also give one speech per year at a church or school about alcohol abuse.

Sisters Karinne O’Malley, 80, and Ann McFall, 84, died in a two-car crash in September 2009. A third nun, Sister Elizabeth Meegan, 67, was injured. The Cape Coral nuns were driving back from a conference in Cocoa Beach.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Hickman turned into their path at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Gran Via Drive in North Fort Myers.

This story highlights the often tragic results of a Florida DUI accident. In 2009, 2,558 deaths were reported in Florida as the result of automobile accidents; of these deaths, a staggering 770 (30%) were the result of driving under the influence. In fact, experts predict that 3 of 10 Americans will be involved in an accident related to drunken driving at least once in their lives.

Given these alarming statistics, we caution all of our readers to avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking any measurable amount of alcohol.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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