Sarasota man arrested and charged after deadly accident

Sarasota man arrested and charged after deadly accident

acastillo@bradenton.comApril 16, 2014 

SARASOTA -- A Sarasota man has been charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and leaving the scene with property damage after a deadly accident early Wednesday morning, according to the Sarasota Police Department.

Mark Steinberg, 66, is accused of striking a man with the right side of his vehicle and leaving the scene of the crime, which took place in the area of Irving Street and South Tamiami Trail. Officers were called to the area at approximately 12:45 a.m. Wednesday for a traffic fatality, a news release states. They heard a loud crash near the intersection and noticed a black truck with significant damage passing by, police said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Steinberg was the sole occupant of the vehicle. He was placed in the back of a patrol vehicle and during the officers' investigation, they determined that Steinberg was driving south on U.S. 41 in the outside lane.

"Just past the Hudson bayou bridge, the defendant (Steinberg) went up onto the curb and onto the sidewalk. The defendant struck the victim with the right side of his vehicle. The defendant continued and struck a light pole where the victim's body also struck the pole, bringing the pole to the ground," the probable cause affidavit states. As the victim came to rest on the roadway, Steinberg clipped the speed limit 40 sign as he tried to get back onto the roadway, according to police.

After returning to the road, Steinberg was stopped by police. Steinberg's car reportedly had damage to its hood and had a shredded tire and damaged right front rim, which police say was consistent with damage at the crash scene. There was blood on the right side of the vehicle, according to police.

"Officers that responded to the scene, and located the victim lying face-down in the roadway with apparent broken bones throughout his body and head laceration. There was no sign of life in the victim," the probable cause affidavit states.

In the probable cause affidavit, Steinberg was described by the officers at the scene to be "very out of it." They also said he wasn't making any sense.

"I made contact with the defendant and asked him where he was going tonight. He stated that he was going to Starbucks to get ready for work," the probable cause affidavit states. The officer reported that he could not smell any alcohol on Steinberg, "but the defendant's faculties were impaired by some unknown substance."

Steinberg was arrested and booked into the Sarasota County jail.

Amaris Castillo, Law Enforcement/Island Reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7051. You can follow her on Twitter@AmarisCastillo.

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