The wife of an Escambia County Deputy hit and killed biker in DUI accident.
Pensacola, FL(JusticeNewsFlash.com)–An allegedly drunk SUV driver took the life of a 25 year-old man near Pensacola late Wednesday night. The Pensacola News Journal reported a 2003 GMC Yukon, driven by 32 year-old, Christine Rae Rivkin, struck and killed Michael Adam Steele. Steele was riding his bicycle westbound to his night job, at the local Winn-Dixie on Nine Mile Road and Chemstrand Road when Rivkin’s SUV hit him. The SUV crash happened near the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Brewster Street. Steele was then dragged by the allegedly drunk SUV driver for approximately a quarter of a mile.
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) Troopers say Rivkin drove off after her vehicle struck Steele, but returned to the scene an hour later. Rivkin’s whereabouts during that hour are unknown. A motorist dialed 911 when they drove by the fatal accident scene and found Steele’s body lying on the street. Escambia County roadway accident investigators claim Rivkin was intoxicated at the time of the motor vehicle collision (MVC). Pensacola area police say Rivkin was unable to give her name when prompted by officials and reeked of alcohol.
Steele was pronounced dead at the accident scene by Florida emergency medical personnel. The driver, Rivkin, who happens to be the wife of an Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy, was charged with the following: leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, DUI manslaughter, and DUI with property damage. Rivkin did not cooperate when FHP when she was asked to take a breathalyzer test at the Escambia County Jail. Her blood samples are being tested for alcohol content, and the results of the tests will be available in several weeks. Rivkin was previously arrested for at least two other DUIs in the past according to Escambia County records and records with the Department of Motor Vehicles in Ohio.
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