Tragic St. Petersburg Car Accident Linked to Alcohol and Drag Racing
Posted on Oct 26, 2011
On September 30, 2011, a routine traffic stop on St. Pete Beach tragically turned fatal.
Daniel Dolcater of St. Petersburg, Florida was pulled over at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Gulf Boulevard. The stop was initiated by Pinellas County police after spotting Dolcater traveling at nearly double the posted speed limit. Unfortunately, instead of complying with the police officer's orders, Dolcater chose to accelerate. He then lost control of his SUV and struck another vehicle, killing both of its occupants.
Victims of the Florida accident were Pablo Mansilla-Aguinaga and Sandra Paulson. Dolcater was also injured after being ejected from his SUV. He was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, but ultimately survived the accident and was released from the hospital.
Upon further investigation by the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office, Dolcater was charged with two counts of driving under the influence. He was also charged with manslaughter, aggravated fleeing and eluding, and driving with a suspended license and causing death. He was arrested on October 18, 2011.
Detectives also suspect that Dolcater may have been drag racing with another vehicle in the area of 5th Avenue and 66th Street North in St. Petersburg around the time of the accident. They continue to investigate and are searching for the driver of a purple minivan.
Our office extends our deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.