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The reality of a fatal dui crash

A drink or two on a night out typically raises no concern among most Floridians. However, when drinking and driving involve an accident, the situation can unfold into months and even years of investigations, court dates and fees. There are often many sides to an incident involving drunk driving and car wrecks, as seen in a number of recent events. 

For one 22-year-old Florida man, one mistake has led to months of legal procedures. As Northwest Florida Daily News reported last week, despite Cody Shirah's attempts to convince the jury of giving him a more lenient sentence, he now faces a 60-year prison sentence for the deaths of four Ohio softball players. The four men were visiting the area and had been driving in a van when Shirah plowed through a stop sign, hitting them and killing two men instantly -- the other two players died later at a nearby hospital. Shirah claimed to have only drank two beers before the accident took place, then leaving and becoming involved in an altercation with another driver whom he allegedly clipped while returning home. 

The Panama City News Herald commented on Shirah's case, looking further into the tests submitted by blood alcohol content experts. The Herald used results from a toxicology analyst working with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to show that Shirah was at roughly 0.078 alcohol content almost four hours after the crash. The analyst argued that that level would have been between 0.09 and 0.14 when the accident occurred. The defense argued the young man was not driving at the time of the accident; they also claimed the testing on Shirah's alcohol levels was insufficient. Before Shirah's sentencing earlier last week, he had declined a plea agreement of 40 years in prison. 

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