MANATEE -- Prosecutors have dropped most of the criminal charges against a man police say chased a local eye doctor to his death after he caught him having sex with his wife.
Blair Hohmeister had originally been charged with one count of vehicular homicide and six counts of reckless driving after the May 5 chase and ensuing crash. But now he faces only a single charge of reckless driving causing damage to person or property.
Police said Hohmeister caught his wife, 24-year-old Nichole Hohmeister, having sex with Dr. Jason Evangelista, 35, in a Dodge Ram pickup truck at about 11:15 p.m. May 5 in the parking lot behind City Hall, 100 Old Main St.
Blair Hohmeister followed Evangelista in a Honda Accord, in a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph along Manatee Avenue West, 26th Street West and 17th Avenue West, according to police.
Reports state Hohmeister ran Evangelista’s truck off the road several times throughout the chase.
Hohmeister lost control of the Honda just before the intersection of 17th Avenue West and 43rd Street West and rolled the vehicle several times.
Evangelista’s pickup continued through the intersection until it struck a cement drain culvert and rolled and flipped several times, according to police
Evangelista suffered “catastrophic” head trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the report. Ashley Hohmeister suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
A hearing on the case before Circuit Judge Diana Moreland was canceled Thursday, because the remaining charge will be heard in county court and Moreland could not rule on whether it, too, should be dismissed because it is a misdemeanor.
The Hohmeisters appeared together in court.