Eight pedestrians injured on Perdido Key Drive by a single vehicle at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, April 29, in the 14000 block of Perdido Key Drive.
Two victims were transported to Baptist Hospital and one to Sacred Heart Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Five other victims were transported to area hospitals, three with serious injuries.
The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office closed Perdido Key Drive near the scene and asked drivers to avoid the area and expect delays while personnel investigate the accident.
Sunday, April 30: A 56 year-old Pensacola man has been charged with DUI in the Saturday night crash that sent eight pedestrians to area hospitals and shut down Perdido Key Drive for the evening.
According to a press release, all eight pedestrians are military personnel stationed at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
The driver was charged with DUI causing serious bodily injury to another for his involvement in the crash, which is still the subject of an ongoing investigation.
Florida remains the nation’s most dangerous state for pedestrians, the state being home to the seven most dangerous metropolitan communities for pedestrians. Florida is third in nation (after Texas and California) when it comes to deaths caused by DUI drivers.
(Original article appeared in the Pensacola News Journal)