Victoria man indicted for intoxicated manslaughter
Nov. 1, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Updated Nov. 2, 2013 at 6:02 a.m.
A Victoria man who officials say drove drunk in May and killed a woman was among a group of 29 people indicted by a grand jury Thursday.
John Ausbon Florida IV, 31, faces charges of manslaughter, intoxicated manslaughter and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police arrested Florida after a three-vehicle wreck in the 4100 block of Main Street the night of May 17.
Florida was headed north at about 60 mph in a black Ford F-150, police said.
The posted speed limit for that stretch of road is 40 mph.
Florida ignored the stoplight at the Mockingbird Lane intersection and T-boned a green Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Paula Nersesian, 64, of Victoria, the indictment alleges.
Nersesian did not survive.
Another vehicle, a Chevy Impala, was hit by one or both of the vehicles, but the woman driving it was not seriously injured, according to earlier reports.
Criminal District Attorney Stephen Tyler could not say what Florida's blood alcohol content was at the time of the wreck because he said such disclosure would violate disciplinary rules.
He expects to call witnesses of the wreck as well as an engineer to the stand to do a crash analysis.
Victoria police are also expected to reconstruct the scene for a jury with animation technology the police budgeted for, Tyler said.
Court records showed Friday that Florida had not yet hired or been appointed an attorney, but Tyler said his attorney was Stephen Cihal.
Cihal could not be reached for comment Friday afternoon.
In September, co-workers of Dr. Joseph Long, Nersesian's husband, worked with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Texas Department of Transportation to erect a sign at the site of the wreck in her memory.
All of the charges are second-degree felonies, which, if Florida is found guilty, could carry a punishment of between two and 20 years in prison each. A $10,000 fine could also be assessed, according to the Texas Penal Code.