A man who spent years on the run in Ireland has been sentenced to 11 years in Florida State Penitentiary after being charged in a horrific accident in 2017 that killed a woman.
Amuel Tucker, 22, was driving 140 miles per hour on June 24 when his black four-door sedan crashed into a utility pole and fence, which then flipped over several times, killing his 22-year-old passenger, Alyssa Vice.
Investigators say his blood alcohol level at the time was twice the legal limit.
According to court documents, Tucker required treatment at a hospital but fled to Cork after his release.
Records indicate Tucker was living under a false name and lying about his identity when approached by Irish authorities.
Tucker fought his extradition by the Irish courts, but Assistant District Attorney Victoria Avalon, with support from the US Department of Justice, US Marshals and the Highland County Sheriff’s Office, allowed Tucker to return to the United States.
In February 2019, the US Marshall Service brought Tucker back to Highland County, where he was charged with involuntary manslaughter by DUI and DUI with property damage.
Tucker, now 27, this month submitted a negotiated “best interest” plea to the second-degree felony of DUI manslaughter, which allowed him to plead guilty without fully accepting responsibility for the crime.
Tucker faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but a judge finally sentenced him this month to 11 years in Florida State Penitentiary, followed by four years of probation.
Linda McCartney, Alyssa’s mother, said her daughter “was my sunshine from the day she was born.”
“Just smart and kindhearted,” said Linda McCartney. “We just loved her. And we miss her.”
Deputies say Samuel Tucker was speeding, reaching speeds in excess of 140 miles per hour, before cornering on State Road 17 near San Juan Avenue in Avon Park around 3:30 a.m. that morning and crashed into a power pole.
“At eight in the morning there’s a knock on the door and there’s a state officer with your daughter’s ID,” recalled Alyssa’s father, Roger McCartney.
“I walk around every day with nothing missing,” said Linda McCartney. “Just like if I lost my hand, I miss a part of me. And I miss all the futures I’ve been holding on to, things for their anniversary that I won’t do.”
After Tucker returned to the United States, Linda said, “It was a comfort, but it wasn’t such great happiness that I thought I would feel, I guess, because I know it’s not over yet . It’s just beginning.
“These are very dangerous machines and distracted, whether you’re drinking and driving or texting, you’re not invincible. Bad things can happen,” Linda said.
“Tomorrow is not promised. We found out the hard way,” added Roger McCartney.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/north-america/man-who-spent-years-on-the-run-in-ireland-after-us-death-crash-is-jailed-for-11-years-41947315.html Man who fled Ireland for years after US death sentenced to 11 years in prison