Medical Examiner Reveals Military Veteran Who Caused October’s I-95 Fatal Crash Was Under Influence of Alcohol

Jan 8, 2014 Posted by in Auto Accident, Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Safety

According to the chief medical examiner for the Treasure Coast, the blood alcohol content of the driver who caused the fatal wrong-way crash on Interstate 95 last October was likely over two times the legal limit.

Toxicology reports reveal that 31-year-old Troy Snook, Port St. Lucie resident and Iraq War veteran, had a blood alcohol content of 0.156 just two and a half hours after the accident. In the state, the legal alcohol limit is .08.

Dr. Roger Mittleman states that at the time of the crash, Snook’s blood alcohol content would have been at approximately 0.2.

Apart from the drugs administered to Snook after the car accident for medical reasons, no others were found in his system. Mittleman’s report states that Snook’s manner of death was determined to be an accident, and that multiple blunt trauma injuries were the cause of his death.

Last October 30, just before 2 a.m., Snook was traveling south while on a northbound lane in his 2013 Toyota Tacoma, roughly two miles from Kanner Highway in Stuart. Why he was driving the wrong way remains to be unknown.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that Snook crashed into a 27-year-old Fort Pierce resident Karsten Anderson’s 2003 Ford Explorer, causing the SUV the rotate and overturn on its side. One of the Explorer’s passengers, 26-year-old Bryan Jackson, died in the crash. Anderson sustained serious injuries, and 21-year-old Shane O’Brien, another passenger, suffered minor injuries.

Edwin Luis Ruiz, a 53-year-old Port St. Lucie resident who was driving a 1998 Volvo Tractor, attempted to avoid the rotating Explorer, but hit it instead and sent it spinning into the path of Felix Junior Diaz Alonso’s vehicle. Ruiz’s 2005 Mazda MPV veered to the left and crashed into the center guardrail.

Although neither Ruiz nor his 36-year-old passenger Patricia Ann Stancil was injured, 18-year-old Alonso sustained minor injuries.

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