Escambia Man Convicted In Deadly Traffic Crash

November 10, 2017

An Escambia County man fleeing from sheriff’s deputies has been convicted of causing a deadly traffic crash.

Michael Deshon Daniel of Pensacola was  convicted by an Escambia County jury of vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of the accident, fleeing to elude law enforcement resulting in a crash causing death, driving while license suspended and resisting an officer without violence.

On January 13, 2017, Michael Deshon Daniel refused to pull over for a traffic stop  initiated by an Escambia County Sheriff’s deputy when he was observed rolling through the stop sign located at the intersection of “P” and Brainerd Streets. In-car video from the patrol cruiser shows Daniel accelerating away and swerving around traffic. The deputy did not pursue Daniel. However, Daniel continued to drive at a high speed  until he ran the stop sign at the intersection of “P” and Blount Streets. Upon entering the intersection, Daniel crashed into a Dodge Caravan carrying a family of four one block away from their destination.

All were injured in the crash and the injuries to the driver proved fatal. The victim passed away two days after the crash.

Daniel tried to run from the scene of the crash but was captured in a foot chase. At trial, the defendant claimed he was the passenger in the vehicle but DNA evidence proved otherwise. Data recovered from his vehicle revealed that he was traveling 68 mph at the time of impact. The speed limit in the residential area is 25 miles per hour. Daniel’s driver’s license has been revoked since 2008.

Daniel is scheduled to be sentenced by Circuit Judge John Miller on December 14. The guideline sentence recommendation in this case calls for a minimum sentence of 14.8 years in state prison. The maximum  possible sentence would be 60 years.


2 Responses to “Escambia Man Convicted In Deadly Traffic Crash”

  1. paul on November 10th, 2017 7:27 am

    Max please..

  2. P'colacitizens on November 10th, 2017 1:36 am

    Give him the full enchilada judge – 60 years

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