PALMETTO — The man charged with killing a Palmetto couple and their unborn child in April when he crashed into a mobile home where they were asleep was under the influence of marijuana and cocaine at the time of the crash, Palmetto police said.
Palmetto police Wednesday charged Christian Crawford, 36, with three counts of driving while intoxicated, manslaughter, and one count driving while intoxicated, serious bodily injury.
At about 2:30 a.m. April 1, a vehicle driven by Crawford crashed into a mobile home where Ivan Carlos, 21, and Brenda Avilez, 18, who was nine months pregnant, were asleep. The man and woman were killed upon impact. The unborn child did not survive.
Police said Crawford had been driving northbound on U.S. 41, when he crossed the median into the southbound lanes through the fence along the east side of Lone Oak.
After the crash, Crawford was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
Crawford is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.
Palmetto police Chief Scott Tyler, who said the arrest was made after several months of analysis of evidence, was holding a news conference Thursday morning to discuss details of the case.
Has taken few months for analysis to reveal that Crawford was under influence of marijuana and cocaine during crash. pic.twitter.com/XNEiw7BtN1— Kate Irby (@kateirby) September 24, 2015
Crawford did have a valid driver's license at the time of the crash— Kate Irby (@kateirby) September 24, 2015