Dixie man held for DUI manslaughter


Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 3:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 3:38 p.m.

Alcohol and marijuana played a role in a deadly crash that killed a Suwannee man last year and now has another man behind bars, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

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Cy Linderman

Suwannee resident Cy Joshua Linderman, 33, was being held without bond at the Dixie County jail Wednesday, according to officers. Linderman was arrested Monday after a warrant was issued on charges of DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving a death and driving with a suspended or revoked driver's license causing death.

If convicted as charged, Linderman could face up to 30 years in prison, according to FHP.

Linderman had been driving a pickup that crashed on County Road 349, 15 miles south of U.S. 19, on the morning of Feb. 17, 2007, troopers reported. The single-vehicle wreck occurred at about 2:45 a.m.

The pickup overturned after hitting a drainage culvert, and a passenger inside, Steven Scott Stains, 38, was partially ejected. Neither man was wearing a seat belt.

Troopers allege Linderman knew Stains was badly injured and not responsive but didn't seek help or report the crash.

Officers reported they contacted Linderman later in the morning at his home. His blood was tested and troopers reported the results showed that alcohol and marijuana were factors in the crash.

Cy Linderman's wife, Lori Linderman, also was issued a notice to appear in court for allowing an authorized person to drive. Troopers have accused her of allowing her husband to drive the pickup, knowing his license was not valid.

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