A Whiting Field Navy member is dead—the victim of a drunk driver, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Chief Petty Office Robert Michael Hall Roy, 33, NAS Whiting Field, was the passenger in a vehicle driven by Miguel Antonio Bonet, 30, N.A.S. Whiting Field. Troopers say Roy was thrown from the vehicle after a 2007 Honda Odyssey operated by Brianna Lynn Strum, 25, Milton, struck it on Interstate 10 early Sunday morning.
A second passenger in Bonet's vehicle, Michael J. Edwards, N.A.S. Whiting Field, received minor injuries.
FHP Cpl. S.C. Fisher says Strum was traveling east on I10, near Scenic Hwy, and "rapidly" approached the back of the 2013 Dodge Charger Bonet was driving. As she approached the vehicle, Fisher says she did not slow down or change lanes. As a result, her car hit the back of the Charger, sending it across the eastbound lanes of I10 and into the grass median, flipping several times. Roy was thrown from the vehicle while it was overturning and landed in a westbound lane of the interstate, according to reports.
Fisher says Strum's vehicle stopped in the median following the crash, then fled eastbound on I10. Santa Rosa Sheriff’s deputies later discovered her, still in the vehicle. Strum was taken into custody and charged with DUI manslaughter; DUI serious injury; DUI property damage; leaving the scene of a crash with death; and leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries. She was releasead from jail on a $605,000 bond, according to jail records.
Roy was pronounced dead at the scene.