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Blind driver is sentenced in death

By TIMES STAFF WRITER
Published July 1, 2006


TAMPA - Mark J. Doyle got a 15-year prison sentence Friday after proving he couldn't be rehabilitated, an official said.

He got behind the wheel the night of Jan. 12, 2004, even though he didn't have a license, was legally blind, suffered from seizures and had been declared an alcoholic.

He hit and killed a 22-year-old man, then didn't stick around to figure out what had happened.

He showed up drunk for his sentencing hearing in April, prosecutor Kim Seace said.

"If the sobering fact that he killed a man does not knock him off the bottle," Seace said, "nothing will."

Derrick Miller, a University of South Florida senior, was killed as he was skating with friends on Apollo Beach Boulevard.

[Last modified June 30, 2006, 23:30:47]


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