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Drunk Driver Kills Two in Early Morning Crash, Convicted in November for DUI

SUMTER – A Fort Myers man is behind bars today, after an early morning crash on I-75 claimed the life of two people, and officials say alcohol was a factor.

According to reports, 30-year-old Robert Anthony Benton was traveling southbound in a 2013 Ford Explorer when he rear ended a 2011 Hyundai Sonata at a high rate of speed. The impact forced the Hyundai off the roadway and into a tree. Alexa Leigh White, 23, of Palm Bay, Florida died at the scene. A 50-year-old Arizona woman was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital where she later died. Benton suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.

Officials say Benton was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was subsequently charged with 2-counts of DUI Manslaughter among other charges. Benton did not have a valid license, according to officials.

It should be noted that Benton was arrested in September for DUI and was adjudicated guilty on November 28th of this year.

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  • To th silencer , I’m wondering if you would have made such a dumbassed comment if it was your daughter that had been killed by a useless piece of

    Monday, 1 January 2018, 10:13 am
  • This pathetic piece of garbage killed the daughter and ex wife of a childhood friend of mine. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Alexa of Thanksgiving. I can only hope they let this [email protected]*%er out our the judge is having a real bad day when he is sentenced

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 11:33 pm
  • This pathetic piece of garbage killed the daughter and ex wife of a childhood friend of mine. I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Alexa of Thanksgiving. I can only hope they let this [email protected]*%er out our the judge is having a real bad day when he is sentenced

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 11:31 pm
  • i understand the law but do not agree with it. If some one is drunk fires a gun into a crowd its not manslaughter its full on homicide but if some one with no license gets in a car under the influence and drives and kills multiple people its a watered down charge of manslaughter. I have zero sympathy for drunk driving. Theres no excuse, its unacceptable, and the system needs to be tougher on these cases. No one in their right mind would support this behavior so why we have a justice system that hands out weak sentencing is beyond me other than the politics..

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 11:06 pm
  • Lock Him Up & Throw Away The Key! Shame On Are Judicial System. This Guy is Beyond Help

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 9:16 pm
  • For the families of these 2 ladies I pray GOD gives you strength to weather this tragic storm.
    As for benton, you are a waste of flesh sucking air DECENT PEOPLE need to do good & flourish. LOOK AT HIM AS DISGUSTING AS IT MAY BE. HE HAS NO REMORSE !!! YOU SEE IT IN HIS EYES. I ALSO HATE DRUNKS. THEY REEK HAVOC IN INNOCENT LIVES, TEAR APART FAMILIES – THEIRS INCLUDED – AND GO RIGHT ON WITH THEIR LIVES. NOTHING MATTERS EXCEPT GETTING DRUNK.
    WHY NOT MAKE ALCOHOL ILLEGAL ??? BECAUSE CONGRESS/SENATE GET MONEY & PERKS FROM INDUSTRY THAT’S WHY!!!!! PUT AN END TO IT & SAVE LIVES. MAYBE PRO MARIJUANA FOLKS SHOULD GREASE MORE PALMS IN GOVERNMENT. NEVER HEARD OF A POTHEAD KILLING ANYONE WHILE DRIVING, WALKING, BICYCLING, ETC.
    THERE’S A HANGING TREE IN BROOKSVILLE BUT IT’S TOO GOOD FOR BENTON – NOT ENOUGH SUFFERING TO PAY FOR HIS MULTIPLE SINS !!!!

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 8:31 pm
    • Well said…..I AGREE, LEGALIZE WEED, it is SAFER THAN ALCOHOL!!

      Tuesday, 27 December 2016, 2:12 pm
  • All first offenders should do 90 days, in Jail hard time,after which if and when he gets out and does it again 5 years, No if and or buts

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 5:45 pm
  • What a piece of work. I am sorry to say one DUI and they should be made to wear some device that will lock-out their car from starting. Have it mandatory that if you are charged with DUI and are caught driving while the case is being resolved you go to jail for one year no ifs or buts about it.

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 3:44 pm
  • I wonder whether or not Benton thinks this is real or serious now? Obviously, the guy is an alcoholic and because he can’t handle the responsibility of being in a free society. 30 years behind bars should sober him up quite a bit. My sympathy meter is on ZERO…

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 3:38 pm
  • keep him in jail for the rest of his life …..he took two innocent womens lives away because of his choices

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 3:29 pm
  • Scum like this needs dropped off in the ocean to die. Not sure if the sharks would eat a POS like this but hopefully they would.
    I still don’t get why its not murder especially if you already have one DUI conviction. Its premeditated.

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 2:45 pm
  • Prayers for the families of this horrific tragedy, Too bad THE DRUNK BENTON DIDN’T WRAP HIMSELF AROUND A TREE AND DIE, INSTEAD RUINED THE LIVES OF TOO MANY, HATE DRUNKS, DRIVING, WALKING, WHATEVER. ALCOHOL RUINS TOO MANY LIVES!!!

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 2:45 pm
  • Hang the drunk murdering pos. Good job legal system. Two people are dead because the system failed again to lock him up last month!!!!!

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 1:35 pm
  • These pathetic drunks just need to stay locked up out of society this should have never happened

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 1:23 pm
  • Just one question….
    Why the hell can’t we keep people like this off the damned highways!?!?!?

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 1:21 pm
  • Yep, hangem and than shootem, he doesn’t belong in a sober society, he’s proved that. Guilty

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 12:54 pm
  • Kill Him

    Monday, 26 December 2016, 12:52 pm
    • Would say the same if you knew him personally?

      Friday, 3 February 2017, 12:48 pm
      • I personally have know the victims father since the 4th grade I have known I was there when here father met her mother that this idiot killed. i have known Alexa since she was born, The dumbass hit them from behind at an estimated speed of 140MPH. Killing him is too good. Dropping him off on my front porch is a much better option.

        Tuesday, 7 March 2017, 12:39 am

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