Traffic Homicide Investigators help secure guilty verdict
On Thursday, September 15, a jury found James Franklin Clark guilty, of DUI manslaughter. He faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
The crash occurred on Friday, October 13, 2006, at about 9:20 p.m. The victim, Lucy Miller, 85, had just left services at Congregation B’Nai Israel, 2200 West Yamato Road. Miller was attempting to make a u-turn from eastbound Yamato Road to westbound Yamato Road. According to witnesses, Miller was moving slowly as she made the turn. Clark was driving westbound in an Infiniti SUV and struck Miller’s Toyota, killing her.
When Boca Raton Police Traffic Homicide investigators interviewed Clark, they could smell alcohol on his breath. Clark admitted to having multiple drinks prior to the crash and his blood alcohol level was 0.12%, an hour after the crash. After an extensive review of the evidence, Boca Raton Traffic Homicide investigators were able to determine Clark was traveling at least 70 mph (the posted speed is 45 mph) and that his speed clearly contributed to the cause of the crash.
In April of 2007, investigators charged Clark with DUI manslaughter and DUI. Clark will be sentenced on October 21, 2011.
James Franklin Clark
Boca Raton, FL