Polk SO: Domestic battery suspect now facing DUI manslaughter charges
(BTLS Staff) WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – A 61-year-old Lake Wales man is in the Polk County Jail in Frostproof facing a variety of charges including domestic battery, vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter.
William Monroe Gainey is being held without bond pending his first appearance before a judge on new charges Tuesday afternoon. The State Attorney’s Office filed the homicide and DUI charges late Monday following an intense, around-the-clock investigation.
According to a Polk County Sheriff’s Office report Gainey was arrested on Saturday, shortly after he was released from Lakeland Regional Health Center. He suffered injuries in the crash that occurred at approximately 10:30 pm Friday on Cypress Gardens Blvd. In Winter Haven.
Christopher Ivey, 38, and his four-year-old son, Jayden, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Gainey made his first appearance before a judge on Sunday. If he is released on bond, he can’t operate a motor vehicle or consume alcohol.
Investigators say he assaulted his longtime girlfriend and her son on Friday following a domestic argument at approximately 8 pm. Gainey triggered the fatal crash about 2 ½ hours later.
Ivey and his son were stopped at a red light at the intersection of Lake Ruby Dr. when Gainey’s 2014 Chevrolet Silverado slammed into the back of their vehicle. The impact propelled the car approximately 150 feet into a ditch.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says a couple witnesses to the fatal crash came forward Monday.
“Thanks to the media coverage of this crash, and our social media fans, we were able to identify two witnesses who came forward to help us piece together the timeline of William Gainey’s actions leading up to this horrific event,” Judd explained.” Furthermore, thanks to the computer equipment in his truck, we know that he accelerated from 73 to 80 MPH just before impact, and made no attempt to brake. Because of his recklessness and wanton disregard for human life, he killed a little boy and his father, who were simply stopped for a red light on their way home. The thought of that horrifies me. I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison.”
This is not the Gainey’s first brush with law enforcement. Gainey’s been arrested on three previous occasions in Polk County on a variety of charges including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, battery on a law enforcement officer, domestic battery and resisting arrest with violence.