Man gets 10 years in prison for drunken driving crash

Ronald Rice Jr.
Posted at 8:35 AM, Jun 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-15 21:36:08-04

BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed his father.

The Ledger reports that 35-year-old Ronald Rice Jr. was sentenced Friday after pleading no contest to DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of the crash involving death.

Witnesses say Rice was driving recklessly in the yard of his Lakeland home in January 2017 before stopping and stumbling toward his house. He got back in his car and drove away, and neighbors saw 56-year-old Ronald Rice Sr. roll out from under the car.

Rice Sr. was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died two months later.

Polk County deputies found Rice Jr. several hours after the crash. He said he had no memory of the crash.