VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - A 25-year-old Casselberry man made his first court appearance Wednesday after being charged in the Dec. 7, 2016 death of a 21-year-old woman during a crash on U.S. 17-92.
Samuel Reed Walters was arrested Tuesday on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
According to a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report, Walters was allegedly driving drunk when he hit a car driven by Teresa Logsdon.
Lindsey Danielle Logsdon, a Special Olympian, was killed in the crash.
Teresa Logsdon told investigators she was driving home from McDonald’s with her two daughters when the crash happened at the intersection of U.S. 17-92 and Firehouse Road.
Logsdon told Channel 9 Wednesday that she was glad an arrest had been made in the case, but couldn’t understand why it took nearly a year -- especially since Walters was found to have a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit immediately after the crash.
“I thought finally the road to justice would start for us,” Logsdon said. “And, you know, a flood of emotions, of course, takes over, but I will be happy to move on with this.”
A Florida Highway Patrol representative told Channel 9 that a heavy caseload and the extensive time it takes to investigate a fatal crash, delayed Walters' arrest.
Logsdon knows her daughter would want her to have compassion for Walters, but said it was going to take time for her to get there.
“I feel like she would be telling me to forgive, to have forgiveness, but that’s just not really in the cards for me right now,” Logsdon said. “Other than that, I think she would be pretty proud.”
Walters was being held at the Volusia County Jail in lieu of bonds of more than $100,000.
Man accused of being drunk behind the wheel in deadly 2016 crash arrested almost one year later for it pic.twitter.com/j8USeV6mVn— Mike Springer WFTV (@mspringerwftv) December 6, 2017
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