Woman gets $8 million verdict in DUI Daytona car crash; no one charged
DAYTONA BEACH — A Daytona Beach woman won an $8 million verdict against a driver accused of being drunk when his speeding car crashed into her vehicle causing serious injuries, according to court records.
Tamara Roundtree’s award is for medical expenses, permanent injury and pain and suffering as a result of the Oct. 1, 2010, wreck at South Clyde Morris and Beville Road. Her car was struck by a Mazda driven by Benjamin Schutz, now 28, whose insurance company GEICO is on the hook for the money.
The case took an unusual turn early on because after the crash Schutz became ill on his way to the police station. Instead of jail he wound up at a hospital. What happened next that night is unclear.
Schutz was not officially charged despite blood tests indicating he was over the legal alcohol limit for operating a vehicle. Shannon Peters, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office, said last week she could not find any record her office received the case. And Lyda Longa, a spokeswoman for Daytona Beach police, was trying to determine the outcome of the case at her department.