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Second fatal accident involving Miccosukee driver


For the second time in a month, a member of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida has been involved in fatal car accident.

Thomas D. Cypress, 54, was charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter after his truck collided with another vehicle on Wednesday, causing the deaths of a vacationing couple. His blood alcohol level was 0.249, or three times the legal limit.

The Florida Highway Patrol quickly took charge of the scene, The Miami Herald reported. That differed from a January 21 accident in which the tribe investigated an accident, also involving a tribal member, that left a motorist dead.

Both accidents occurred on the same stretch of highway that the Herald said is not part of the reservation.

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