Fla. driver who killed himself, 4 others was drunk

Published: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

TAMPA — An autopsy report released Monday says a man who killed four people and himself while driving the wrong way on a Florida highway had more than twice the state's legal limit of alcohol in his system.

The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's office released the report on 28-year-old Daniel Morris of Tampa.

The crash happened on Interstate 275 in Tampa on Feb. 8. Morris' SUV was going the wrong way and hit a Hyundai Sonata carrying four University of South Florida members of the fraternity Sigma Beta Rho.

According to investigators, Morris climbed into his roommate's SUV on the night of Feb. 9 and sped away from a party in East Tampa. Where he got onto the interstate heading south in the northbound lanes was unclear.

The autopsy report showed that Morris had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent. State law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

The report also said Morris had a trace of marijuana in his system.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it is still investigating the crash and is trying to figure out where Morris improperly entered the interstate or began to travel in the wrong direction.

Authorities identified the fraternity brothers as: Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias, 20, and Dammie Yesudhas, 21.

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