Here’s a handy driving tip: if you have an argument with a drunken loved one, check to make sure they’re not reclined in front of your car before you drive off.
An Orlando, Florida, woman learned this lesson the hard way following a recent fight with her boyfriend. As she attempted to drive out of the apartment complex parking lot with her cousin, Gloribeth Santiago felt something under the front wheels of her car. The pair stopped and exited the vehicle to find one Joel Santos, unconscious and pinned beneath the vehicle.
Santos, the impaired boyfriend in question, had been standing in front of the car, blocking Santiago’s exit. When he disappeared from sight, Santiago assumed he’d left the area. Neither Gloribeth Santiago nor her cousin, Christina Santiago, considered that Santos may be laying in front of the car, playing the role of human speed bump to block their egress.
No charges were initially filed, and emergency crews quickly removed Santos from underneath the vehicle. The intoxicated man was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, while the driver, Gloribeth Santiago, agreed to submit a blood sample for testing after admitting to “having a few drinks” before the incident.
Should Santiago come back with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit, charges will certainly be pending.
Clearly, Ms. Santiago isn’t in the same income bracket as fellow Floridian Ryan LeVin, who killed two pedestrians with his Porsche 911 Turbo after a night of partying, but managed to get off with a fine.