Driver pleads guilty to driving drunk, speeding, speeding violation

A Florida man pleaded guilty Thursday to speeding and driving while intoxicated in connection with an accident that killed a pedestrian and seriously injured three others.

In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Michael C. Taylor, 47, admitted to driving while impaired and speeding.

He was sentenced to three years of probation and a $500 fine.

Taylor’s attorney, James C. Kallinen, said the plea was a long time coming.

“We are delighted that this has been resolved,” he said.

Taylor had been under police supervision since December of last year.

The traffic tickets stemmed from a collision that occurred on Jan. 5, 2016, in the town of Lake Mary in Orange County, according to court documents.

The accident occurred near the intersection of Interstate 85 and Interstate 5 near Lake Mary, where Taylor had allegedly driven over the median, according the documents.

Taylor was also cited for driving while under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid license, court documents said.

In court, Taylor’s attorney said he’s been driving for two years and has a license.

“He’s always been very careful with his actions, he’s always done the right thing, and this was no exception,” Kallyninen said.

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