FL Man Crashes his SUV into a Mobile Home, Killing a Pregnant Woman and her Boyfriend is Arrested for 3 Counts of DUI Manslaughter Christian Crawford (pictured below) of Bradenton, FL was arrested on Wednesday,… Scroll down to read more!

Christian Crawford (pictured below) of Bradenton, FL was arrested on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 and charged with three (3) counts of DUI manslaughter for killings which occurred on April 1st, 2015 when he crashed his SUV into a mobile home killing a man, his nine (9) months pregnant girlfriend and their unborn daughter.

Dead are 21 y/o Ivan Carlos, 18 y/o Brenda Avilez and their unborn daughter, all of whom were sleeping on a mattress inside a shed which was attached to the mobile home’s carport when Christian’s SUV crossed over a median, crashed through a fence and struck the mobile home. 

At the time of the crash Christian had just recently been released from prison (he had spent about twenty (20) months in prison on cocaine possession and delivery charges and had been released in August 2014).  He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and had blood drawn for DUI testing.

Per Ivan’s brother (also named Christian) who resided in the mobile home with his brother and Brenda (who are pictured below) the crash was so loud that it sounded like an explosion and it shook the entire home.  

Ivan’s brother said:  I came outside running.  I yelled my brother’s name.  I yelled.  I yelled and heard nothing.”  A neighbor names Luis Urbina said the crash woke him up.  “‘It was like a big boom.  I thought it was the tree that fell.”  He said he could hear family members screaming and he went over to help. Both neighbors and family members said that they searched the wreckage for the couple but, as it turned out, the crash was so forceful that the couple were found shoved into a neighboring home. 

Police arrived shortly after the crash and although an officer immediately began performing CPR on Ivan it was a lost cause.  Although they did not smell alcohol on him police believed that Christian had been driving while impaired when his SUV left the roadway and ended up inside of the home.  The blood work, which took many months to come back, showed that marijuana and cocaine were in Christian’s system at the time, and that formed the basis of his arrest.

In the context of a DUI case the problem with blood work (or urine for that matter) is that it can detect substances in your system which were not effecting you at the moment even though they had not yet metabolized out.  In the case of marijuana it is not uncommon for residue to appear in your blood (or urine) for weeks, and perhaps even months, after consumption (cocaine metabolizes much quicker but 2-4 days is not an uncommon period of time).  If it is detected in your system then a presumption is created that you were legally impaired.  You can rebut that presumption, but doing so is an uphill battle (especially when a dead young couple with a dead fetus are forced from their bed and into a neighbors home after your car was impaled into what was once their bedroom).  Thus the lesson…

When it comes to the subject of drinking OR USING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES and driving, the best advice that you are ever going to hear is:  “Don’t do it!  Get a DD (Designated Driver), not a DUI”.

Be smart{er than Christian Crawford}: Don’t drink OR USE CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES and drive, but, if you do, just say “NO{thing}”, don’t blow (in FL your 2nd subsequent refusal is a crime) and call me stat at 305-381-8686, 305-798-2220 or 1-888-SHARK-8-1.

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