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Brunswick man faces charges in cab death

Originally created Thursday, November 9, 2006

He is arrested in the death of a taxi driver on I-95 in Jacksonville.

The Times-Union

A 33-year-old Brunswick, Ga., man was arrested Monday in the September death of a Jacksonville cabdriver after a speeding truck rear-ended his taxi parked in an Interstate 95 emergency lane.

Crime icon Story icon More crime and public safety coverage Story icon Crime Around You: An occasional series on Jacksonville's homicide rate David Andrew Smith of Glenwood Drive was charged with vehicular homicide and driving with a suspended license while causing death, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Gator City Taxi driver Ducarmel Germain, 50, was killed in the wreck.

Witnesses told police they saw a Ford pickup swerving back and forth on I-95 just south of Florida 9A at 7:30 a.m., almost hitting guardrails on both sides of the highway. The truck passed a car while halfway in the emergency lane and crossed another vehicle's path before driving into the back of Germain's cab as it sat in the outside emergency lane. The truck's speed was estimated at 80 mph.

The arrest report indicates blood tests showed methadone and Alprazolam, a prescription anti-anxiety drug, in Smith's system. His license had been suspended twice for failing to appear on two different traffic summons.

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