Orlando, FL – A Florida woman turned herself into police Wednesday after tests revealed she had been drinking and taking a host of drugs before she ran over a skateboarder crossing a South Daytona street in February.
Police issued a warrant for Jodi Arcuri, 32, after a blood test revealed that she not only drunk but was also on a cocaine, meth and prescription pills when she struck and killed 22 year-old Stephen Michael Wilson.
Arcuri told police she had no memory of the accident which occurred around 3:30 p.m. on February 2nd on Ridgewood Ave. The arrest report states that she was driving south on Ridgewood when she drifted into the bike lane and struck Wilson while he was skateboarding down the road. Police said there were no skid marks at the scene to indicate that Arcuri attempted to brake.
The arrest report said Wilson landed on first on the hood and then the windshield of Arcuri’s vehicle before he was thrown into the bushes in front of a local business, the Orlando Sentinel reported. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
After striking Wilson, Arcuri drove several blocks before she stopped. When police caught up with her, Arcuri said she blacked out before the accident, but witnesses said she was texting and talking on her cell phone prior to the accident.
During a search of her vehicle, police found a crack pipe that tested positive for cocaine, marijuana and a variety of prescription drugs in her car. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence but police were waiting for the results of her chemical test to list her charges.
Arcuri’s blood alcohol level was .092, barely above the state’s legal limit of .08. But her chemical test is a different story and shows she was heavily intoxicated at the test. According to the blood test, Arcuri had cocaine, benzoylecgonine, methamphetamine, diazepam and nordiazepam in her system at the time of the crash.
A look into Arcuri’s background revealed that she had a history of speeding and has previously spent time in jail for drug possession.
Once the chemical tests came Daytona Police issued a warrant for Arcuri’s arrests. Her charges include DUI manslaughter and several narcotics charges which include possession of a Schedule II substance, possession of a Schedule III substance, possessing narcotics without a prescription, possessing cannabis under 20 grams, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance and possession of cocaine. If convicted of the DUI manslaughter charge alone, she is facing fifteen years in jail, but she might be able to reduce her penalties if she hires an accomplished DUI attorney to provide a drugged driving defense.
Arcuri turned herself into police Wednesday after learning of the warrant. She is currently being held on $50,000 bond.
Wilson had a three-year old daughter who keeps asking where her father is according to the Orlando Sentinel. The child’s mother Catherine Deering said she plans to be at every one of Arcuri’s court appearances to make sure she gets what she deserves.