Orlando family killed by DUI driver

August 3rd, 2010 by Staff

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – An Orlando father and his three grown sons were killed by a man whom police say was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The accident happened in St. Petersburg. Police say Elroy McConnell, 51, and his sons, Kelly, 19, Nathan, 24, and Elroy the third, 28, died on scene.

Investigators said Demetrius Jordan admitted to St. Pete Police Officers after he was read Miranda rights that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana.

Jordan may have been going in excess of 80 mph when he crashed into the other vehicle at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street and 22nd Avenue North early Sunday, police said. The speed limit at the intersection where the wreck occurred is 35 mph.

FOX 35 found pictures of a happy McConnell Family on Kelly’s MySpace page. There, we learned Kelly played football for University High School. His brother, Nathan, is married with a young daughter and the eldest son, Elroy, seen in pictures from his wedding day was still celebrating the birth of his first child.

Family members and neighbors tell us the family was on vacation in Pinellas County. McConnell and his sons were returning to their hotel when the accident happened. Police say that’s when the Jordan sped through the red light, cutting the McConnells car in two.

Just one day later the family is ready to forgive the person responsible.

“You can’t live your life with hate in your heart because that puts you on hold. That allows the event to take over your life from this point forward and Roy, Kelly, Nathan and Roy III would never want anybody to live their life that way,” said Rebecca Watson, a McConnell relative.

Police said the accused drunk driver isn’t even old enough to drink. Jordan, 20, and his passenger suffered serious injuries. Jordan is facing four counts of DUI manslaughter and one count of DUI with bodily injury. Jordon remained hospitalized at Bayfront Medical Center Monday afternoon and had his first court appearance by telephone. His bond has been set at $220,250.


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