BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — It is a one year jail sentence and six years probation for Boca Raton’s Drew Blazure following the 2013 death of bicyclist Timothy Van Orden. Court records show that Blazure was sentenced Wednesday.
Blazure plead no contest to vehicular homicide. He was additionally charged with DUI Manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash involving death, but prosecutors did not ultimately prosecute Blazure on those charges.
Blazure struck Van Orden on Federal Highway in the early morning hours of August 24th, 2013. Van Orden was riding his bicycle around 2:30 am when he was struck from behind. Witnesses told police that Blazure struck Van Orden with great force and left the scene, leaving Van Orden for dead. Blazure was later found at an area gas station.
Remains of Van Orden were found, according to police, on Blazure’s car.
The case generated significant controversy when media, including BocaNewsNow.com, published sections of this Boca Raton Police report showing Van Orden — the victim — had a blood alcohol content of .048 as well as other drugs in his system at the time of his death. Van Orden’s family and friends have sent countless emails and threats to BocaNewsNow.com following our reporting of this fact, arguing that it should have no impact on the case. Prosecutors attempted to have Van Orden’s toxicology report sealed.
The Boca Raton Police department also came under fire from Van Orden’s family and friends who claimed that the department initially did not arrest Blazure — then an FAU student — due to his congressional internship several years prior to the accident.
While it’s unclear if Van Orden’s blood alcohol content was considered to be a contributing factor to the crash, this much is true: Initially charged with DUI manslaughter, Blazure is now only convicted of vehicular homicide. In addition to one year in the Palm Beach County Jail and six years probation, Blazure was fined $518 and has until 2024 to pay it off.
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