Man Charged with DUI Manslaughter After Deadly Crash in Polk County, Florida

January 06, 2019

POLK COUNTY, FL. – A man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after causing a crash that killed a woman in Polk County, Florida, according to an online news report from*

40-year-old Stephen William McCullough, of Lakeland, Florida, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet Traverse at a high rate of speed on Interstate 4 East in Polk County. Near mile marker 28, McCullough rear-ended a 2014 Chevrolet Suburban. The Suburban traveled into the median of the interstate after impact and overturned multiple times before coming to a rest. The Traverse continued east and came to a rest in the median. 

The driver of the Suburban, 40-year-old Gloria Daniel, of Lakeland, was seriously injured and transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where she later perished. McCullough was not injured in the crash. Authorities say he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. He was arrested and charged with one count of DUI manslaughter. 

The crash is still under investigation by local authorities and prosecutors, and no additional information has been reported at this time. 

According to an article from The Washington Post, about 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur in the United States every year. These are the most common type of vehicle accident in the nation, leading to 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries annually. The National Transportation Safety Board estimates that 80 percent of these collisions could be avoided with collision-avoidance systems, like emergency braking systems, available today on many types of vehicles. The NTSB has been encouraging car manufacturers to make these systems standard in all vehicles.  

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