5 Year Old Died as Result of Crash in Riverview Florida – Driver Charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

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Lilly Mills, five-years-old, sadly died as a result of a car crash in Riverview, Florida. The driver, Rolando Rojas, 52, was initially charged with two counts of driving under the influence (DUI) with serious bodily injury, but when the child died, one of those charges increased to driving under the influence with manslaughter, said Sergeant Steve Gaskins.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the automobile accident occurred at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Bloomingdale Avenue. Rojas of 1220 E. Crenshaw Street was driving northbound on U.S. 301 in a 1999 Ford Ranger. He tried to pass between a Nissan Altima in the outside lane and a Honda Civic in the center lane but sideswiped both cars instead, Trooper J. Cohen said. Rojas’ truck then continued through an intersection, where it crashed into the passenger side of a Chrysler van driven by twenty-five-year old Samantha Anne Populin. The pickup then rolled over and hit another vehicle, a Ford Mustang, said Cohen.

Gaskins, a patrol spokesman said that Samantha Populin was the mother of Lilly, and one other child that was in the van. Paul Wilson Mills, 29, was also in the van, along with Kayla Marie Mills, 10; Audrey Mills, seven; and Sophia Evy Mills, two. Paul Mills, Audrey Mills and Sophia Mills sustained serious personal injuries and were listed in fair condition at Tampa General Hospital. Samantha Populin and Kayla Mills were treated for minor personal injuries and later released. The occupants of the other vehicles were not injured, but Rojas sustained minor injuries and was kept overnight at the hospital.

There are many potential consequences if convicted of a DUI in the State of Florida. First, the Defenant may lose his or her driving privileges for up to six months, and the vehicle may be impounded for a certain amount of time. This can affect your job and your finances. In addition, after the arrest, criminal charges can be filed against you for driving over the legal limit. For more information on this topic, see Man charged in crash that kills child, 5.