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Velazquez v. State

District Court of Appeal of Florida
561 So.2d 347 (1990)

Velazquez v. State


On April 23, 1988, Velazquez (defendant) and an acquaintance, Alvarez, agreed to race against each other in a drag race. They set the start line at the beginning of the road, near a guardrail overlooking a canal, and set the finish line a quarter-mile away from the canal. Velazquez and Alvarez completed the agreed-upon course. Alvarez then turned his car around and began racing towards the start line. Velazquez followed closely behind. Both were unable to apply their brakes in time to avoid crashing through the guardrail. Alvarez’s car went over the canal and he died instantly. Velazquez landed in the water and escaped to safety. At trial, the defendant was convicted of vehicular homicide.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Hubbart, J.)

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