Police in Escambia County arrested 25-year-old Blake J. Shull and charged him with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide following an accident that left 60-year-old Dean Moyster dead in Bellview on August 4. At around 2 a.m., Shull was driving westbound on Michigan Ave behind Moyster. Shull rear-ended Moyster, which caused the victim's vehicle to crash into a utility light support. Shull also crashed his vehicle into the utility light support and sign.
Moyster died from his injuries at the scene. Shull was brought to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and then booked into the Escambia County Jail. He is currently being held with no bond.
Attorney contributor Michael Haggard adds some information on legal recourse for the families of victims killed by drunk drivers:
We all know how dangerous it is to drive while intoxicated, yet people continue choosing to do so every day. When one of these drunk drivers takes a life, the family often wants to find some sense of justice. Seeing the drunk driver arrested and prosecuted helps, but the families of fatal DUI accident victims should also consider how the civil court system can help them. There's nothing that can erase the pain of losing a loved one to a drunk driver, but a wrongful death lawsuit can help provide financial compensation for damages related to the accident, such as loss of financial support, funeral expenses, counseling, and more. Additionally, third parties can be held liable for serving drunk drivers in Florida if the driver was someone known to be "habitually addicted" to alcohol.