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Kissimmee man arrested for DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide

Posted on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 9:58 am

By Brian McBride
A Kissimmee man was arrested on Monday for vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter after a crash back in May killed his female passenger.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 22-year-old Luigi Grieco of Kissimmee. He was charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.
According to a Polk Sheriff’s Office report, Grieco was the driver in a single car crash on May 2 in Davenport, which killed his passenger, 26-year-old Vanessa Miller of Kissimmee.
Polk traffic homicide deputies investigated the crash, which revealed that Grieco was driving drunk during the time of the crash.
“Here’s another example of how dangerous it is to drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs kills people. Grieco made a huge mistake that cost the life of Ms. Miller. Please, don’t drink and drive. Call for a ride,” said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd
According to the affidavit and based on evidence collected, on May 2 around 11:10 p.m., Grieco was driving a gray 2015 Toyota Corolla at a high rate of speed and passed a vehicle on the left shoulder of the off-ramp before heading southbound on U.S. Highway 27. Once Grieco was on the highway traveling southbound, the Toyota traveled in the right lane approaching another vehicle from behind.
Grieco abruptly changed lanes left to the center lane in an attempt to pass.
Traffic was congested in the center lane and Grieco made another abrupt turn toward the right and lost control of the Toyota sliding approximately 185 feet on the edge of the roadway. He overcorrected to the left, slid approximately 160 feet, and began to overturn in the grassy shoulder numerous times for approximately until it reached its final resting point.
While the vehicle was flipping, Miller, the front seat passenger, was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected out of the passenger side window. The vehicle landed on Miller, crushing her, and was pronounced deceased on scene. Grieco was taken by air to an area hospital and was treated for minor abrasions and bruised lungs.
The investigation revealed that Grieco was driving at 100.7 mph, 5 seconds prior to the crash. Blood samples obtained from Grieco were sent to a Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratory. The results showed Grieco had an ethanol blood alcohol content of .192. The legal limit is under .08.