WEST PALM BEACH, FL (AP) -- A Palm Springs man is charged with being under the influence of marijuana in the hit-and-run deaths of a mother and her two daughters.
A Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office spokesman says Michael Smith is charged with three counts of DUI Manslaughter, three counts of vehicular homicide, one count of causing serious bodily injury and one count of reckless driving with injuries.
Witnesses told authorities that Smith was speeding and ran a red light at a major Lake Park intersection in January when he slammed into a car driven by Gertrude Daniels. Daniels and two daughters, 14-year-old Brianna Jones and 9-year-old Shanice Daniels, were killed on impact. Another daughter was seriously injured in the crash.
Toxicology tests showed Smith had recently been using marijuana. An officer who responded to the crash also noted Smith's speech was slurred. The sheriff's office says this is the first DUI manslaughter case to be prosecuted based on the use of marijuana.