A fatal DUI accident in Delray Beach claimed the lives of four people, yet the driver being held accountable for the crash wasn’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Paul Wilson Streater, the driver behind the wheel of the Chevy Silverado that slammed into the back of a Dodge Caravan, was allegedly impaired after huffing a dangerous chemical found in the household cleaner Dust-Off.
On April 28th, officials were called to the scene of the horrific crash involving Streater and the occupants of the Dodge Caravan. Streater was said to have been speeding at the time, going about 107 mph just before he rear-ended the van on Federal Highway south of Linton Boulevard. The Palm Beach Post reported that although Streater was released from the accident scene, he was arrested on July 2ndafter “a toxicology report showed the presence of difluoroethane in his blood.” Difluoroethane is a chemical found in many products including Dust-Off. Police also recovered a receipt in his vehicle “showing that his passenger had purchased bottles of Dust-Off hours before the crash.”
After being arrested, Streater was charged with multiple felony charges, including four counts of DUI manslaughter in Palm Beach County. He currently remains in police custody at the Palm Beach County Jail and has already pleaded not guilty to all of the charges that were filed against him. He has also requested a jury trial. The 21-year-old is now facing up to 15 years in prison and a mandatory minimum of 4 years behind bars if he is convicted of the four DUI manslaughter charges.
Although toxicology tests prove Streater had a dangerous chemical present in his blood at the time of the fatal DUI accident, his attorney claims that wasn’t why the traffic accident occurred. Instead, he “contends that the accelerator on his client’s Silverado got stuck, causing the vehicle to pick up speed quickly and crash into the Caravan.” His DUI defense lawyer also stated that his client was “clearly not impaired” after he was released from police custody right after the collision. He said that the “finding of Difluoroethane in Streater’s blood is not relevant because there are drugs that stay in your system a long time.”
Although Streater was speeding, his defense attorney claims it is because his gas pedal got stuck and he was unable to slow down in time before colliding into the van.
Another challenge prosecutors face with the DUI manslaughter charges is that unlike with alcohol, there are no limits that state to what degree a person is under the influence of an inhalant. For example, a person is considered to be driving under the influence when they have a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, yet there is no legal limit for inhalants. However, a person can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine if found guilty of inhaling or ingesting harmful chemicals.
While it is clear this case presents some challenges on both sides of the defense, Streater will likely face some sort of consequences seeing that four people died in a rear-end accident with Streater’s vehicle being the one in the back. He may also be hit with other lawsuits if the surviving family of those who were killed choose to take legal action of their own.
Most of the people who lose someone in a drunk driving accident often want to see that justice is served. And what better way to do this than by hiring a Palm Beach drunk driving accident lawyer.

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