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Gag order denied in St. Lucie County vehicular homicide case

Tanner Dashner
Posted at 10:58 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 19:16:49-05

FORT PIERCE, Fla.-- The man accused of driving drunk and causing a deadly, fiery crash last November in Fort Pierce, was back in court Wednesday morning.

The attorney for 21-year-old Tanner Dashner was asking a judge to issue a gag order in the case, specifically against an attorney representing one of the victim's families, claiming his comments were preventing her client from getting a fair trial.

The judge denied that request.

Police reports show Dashner was driving 97 mph in a 30 mph zone when he rear-ended another vehicle at the intersection of Midway Road and South 25th Street. Five of the six people in that vehicle died.

Dashner faces five counts of vehicular homicide and five counts of DUI manslaughter.

Many of the victims family members were in court wearing shirts in honor of their loved ones.