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Driver accused of driving into billiards parlor charged with DUI manslaughter

By Staff | Sep 12, 2015

A St. James City man who drove through the front windows of a Cape Coral pool hall in July, injuring three, one fatally, faces multiple charges in the crash.

William Gulliver, 75, was charged with one count of DUI manslaughter, one count of DUI with serious bodily injury, three counts of DUI causing damage to persons or property, and one count of battery in the July 20 crash at Diamond Billiards Sportsbar & Grill at 1242 S.W. Pine Island Road. Gulliver registered a blood alcohol content of .402 – more than five times the state’s legal limit – following the crash, according to police.

Ronald P. Gravel, 60, was critically injured when the Ford F-250, driven by Gulliver crashed through the front windows of the establishment shortly after Gulliver had been asked to leave. Gravel was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial where he later died from his injuries.

Two others were taken to the Cape Coral Hospital. Tracy Marie Booker, 52, of Cape Coral, and Linda Girard, 58, of the Cape, have each since been released.

Gulliver was not injured but was transported for observation, according to police.

Cape Coral Police Department Major Crash Investigators took him into custody at his home late Friday on after obtaining an arrest warrant. Gulliver was then taken to the Lee County Jail. Total bond, all charges, has been set at $100,000.