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Cape man guilty of DUI manslaughter in 2005 crash

By Staff | Apr 3, 2009

A Cape Coral man was found guilty Thursday on multiple felony counts for a 2005 crash that left one person dead and two others hospitalized.
A Lee County jury convicted Bradley Todd Hill, 39, in connection to the death of Hilary Walters, 32, of Cape Coral. He was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, DUI causing property damage and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, according to State Attorney’s Office spokesperson Samantha Syoen.
After several days of trial before Lee County Senior Circuit Judge Jack Schoonover, the jury found Hill guilty on all counts after only 56 minutes of deliberation, she said.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Orion Wright.
On Oct. 8, 2005, Hill ran a red light at Santa Barbara Boulevard and Trafalgar Parkway while under the influence of alcohol, slamming into the side of a Chevrolet Camero.
The driver of the Camero, Rachel Daniels, 29, of Cape Coral, and passenger Bradley White, 35, of New York, were injured in the crash. White, who was ejected from the car during the collision, and Daniels were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and later released.
Walters, the rear seat passenger in the Camero, also was ejected during the crash. She died on scene from her injuries, according to officials.
Hill claimed at the time of the accident that he had the right of way and did not run a red light.
Syoen said Thursday that Hill remains in police custody without bond.
A sentencing date had not been set.