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Florida cyclist killed by a drunk driver
Copied from the The Pensecola News Journal. The last sentance of this article is just plain sick. It will be interesting to see how this plays out. My guess is that this one will not get off.
Michael Steele and his wife owned one car, so he rode his bicycle to his night job at a grocery store. He wanted his wife, Brittney, 20, to rest before her morning drive to work, said Sandra Prather, 45, Brittney's mother. Steele, 25, was headed to the Winn-Dixie at Nine Mile and Chemstrand roads about 11 p.m. Wednesday when a sport utility vehicle struck him from behind and killed him, officials said. Christina Rivkin, 32, of Pensacola was arrested an hour later on a DUI-manslaughter charge when she returned to the accident scene in her 2003 GMC Yukon.
"She smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage and her speech was slurred," a Florida Highway Patrol report said. "She could not walk without assistance. (Rivkin) could not remember her name or say where she was." Rivkin's vehicle hit Steele on Nine Mile Road near Brewster Street, the report said.
Steele was headed west on the shoulder of the highway, and his bike was dragged more than a quarter-mile by Rivkin's vehicle, the report said. A passer-by found him and his bike and called 911.
Rivkin was arrested after she drove toward Escambia County deputies directing traffic near the crash site. Her vehicle skidded to a stop and almost struck a parked sheriff's patrol car, troopers reported. Why she returned to the scene or where she'd been in the interim was not clear.
Steele worked with the stock crew at the grocery store. He had been married about a year. "He was a very caring, very loving, very supportive, kind young man," Prather said. "He never had a harsh word for anyone. He was just very kind and very considerate."
Rivkin is charged with DUI-manslaughter, DUI with property damage and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death. She remained in Escambia County Jail on Thursday night. Rivkin is the wife of Escambia County Deputy Scott Rivkin. The couple are separated, the report said.
The Sheriff's Office would not release Rivkin's jail booking photo, citing a Florida law that prohibits law enforcement agencies from releasing a photo of a law enforcement officer's spouse. Rivkin's first court appearance is scheduled for today. The State Attorney's Office plans to ask a judge to hold her until trial, Assistant State Attorney John Molchan said. Rivkin has two previous DUI convictions — one in Escambia County and a second in Ohio, Molchan said.
Rivkin's blood-alcohol content at the time of the crash was not available Thursday. She refused to undergo an alcohol breath test after she was taken to Escambia County Jail, the Highway Patrol report said. A sample of Rivkin's blood was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to determine its alcohol content.
Troopers said Rivkin could not perform field sobriety tests after the crash because of her "extreme intoxication" and "uncooperative attitude." At one point, Rivkin told a state trooper, "He jumped out in front of me," the report said. "What was I supposed to do?"