A mix of alcohol and marijuana likely impaired an 18-year-old man, causing him to lose control of his car, side-swipe a tree, hit a second tree, and abruptly end the life of one of his passengers.
Judge Caroline Shepherd on Friday ordered Christopher Moffitt held on $160,000 bail. If he posts bond, he won’t be allowed to drink alcohol, take drugs, or drive, and he’ll have to wear an ankle monitor that detects alcohol, Shepherd said.
The Lantana man faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury and vehicle homicide. Moffitt, who turned 19 two months after the crash, was arrested Thursday for the February crash.
“I’m sure this is a sad day for you,” Shepherd said to Moffitt’s mother. She nodded.
In the early morning hours of Feb. 4, Moffitt was driving a 2005 Cadillac CTS on Overlook Road near Hypoluxo Road. Moffitt was driving at about 80 mph in a 35-mph zone and lost control of the car, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s investigators said in a probable cause affidavit.
The car traveled on the eastern shoulder, side-swiped a tree, hit a second tree, and then rotated counter-clockwise while moving north. Jamie Allen, 19, of suburban Lake Worth, was sitting in the right back seat and was thrown from the car.
Two other passengers were injured, but survived.
Moffitt’s blood alcohol content was .089, the affidavit says. The state’s blood-alcohol legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In Moffitt’s first appearance hearing, his public defender asked Shepherd to put him on house arrest.
He said that Moffitt has been working with his mother in the Miami area.
Family members of Allen previously told The Palm Beach Post that she was likely on her way home from a Super Bowl party when the crash happened.
Allen was a Santaluces graduate and had planned on attending Palm Beach State College to pursue photography. She was nicknamed “Kodak.”