According to the Lakeland Ledger, a Frostproof, FL man faces charges in a motor vehicle accident that killed an Avon Park, FL couple.
The man was shown on “America’s Most Wanted” at 9 p.m. September 18, 2009 on Fox.
The Florida Highway Patrol reported that Brian Dale Andrews of Frostproof, FL crossed the grass median into the southbound lanes when he was driving north on U.S. 27, just north of County Line Road at approx. 5:35 p.m. on June 30, 2007.
Andrews smashed his vehicle into Danny and Pat McCown’s vehicle and killed them. Both were 59 years old.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Andrews was treated for injuries, then charged with reckless driving resulting in death and driving with a suspended license.
He hasn’t been seen since he was released from Polk County Jail on July 21, 2007.
A warrant was issued for Andrews’ arrest September 21, 2007, after which Andrews failed to appear at a hearing. The warrant was for two counts of DUI manslaughter.
Andrews may be located in Pensacola, Cincinnati, Honolulu, or San Francisco according to “America’s Most Wanted”.
Michele Pennington of Papillion, Nebraska said she was hopeful the episode would lead to Andrews’ arrest. She was one of the McCowns’ children.
“We live in terror every day. We know that people who have done this once will do it again,” Pennington said.
She talked to her parents minutes before the accident, Pennington said. They were excited for an upcoming family get-together. The McCowns had bought a present for their 3-year-old granddaughter in Lake Wales, FL before the accident.
Pennington worried when they didn’t call her daughter on her birthday.
“The day wore on and I started calling. My 3-year-old even left a message on her Papa’s and Memaw’s answering machine, but they didn’t call back,” said Pennington, who found out about the crash on The Lakeland, FL Ledger’s Web site.
Pennington and her sister, Dana McCown, joined Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) in Nebraaska, and also participate in MADD’s Victim Impact Panels.
The sisters met Lt. Russ Zeeb of the Sarpy County Sheriff’s Department in Nebraska through MADD. Lt.Zeeb was the person responsible for getting Andrews’ face on “America’s Most Wanted.”
Pennington said her family wants Andrews to be arrested and treated.
“It is not about revenge. We are terrified that he will do this again and feel that the blood will be on our hands if he does,” she said.
Anyone with information can call FHP Lakeland, FL Troop C Station at 863-499-2300, “America’s Most Wanted” at 1-800-CRIME-TV, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-8477.
In my practice as an attorney, serving the community in Polk County, FL, I represent victims in personal injury claims. It is important to note that a Statute of Limitations applies to almost all causes of action. The Statute of Limitations is essentially a deadline for how long a plaintiff has to file a lawsuit in the case. Once the Statute of Limitations has passed, a claim can no longer be brought. For this reason, it is critical to hire a lawyer immediately.
In Florida, the Statute of Limitations for a wrongful death action is two years from the date of the accident. In the instant case, the McCown’s incident occurred on June 30, 2007 and thus the statute has already expired. Hopefully, the appropriate beneficiaries have already obtained legal representation.