- Associated Press - Saturday, April 23, 2016

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) - A drunk driver who hit and killed a popular St. Petersburg chef walking home from work has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide.

The Tampa Tribune (https://tinyurl.com/jugac5y) reports that 26-year-old Jason Mitchell pleaded guilty Friday to several charges including fleeing and eluding. He faces up to 46 years in prison at his Monday sentencing.

St. Petersburg police say Mitchell was speeding through the city’s downtown just after 2 a.m. one morning last April when he ran a red light and struck 31-year-old Aaron Davis and 28-year-old Brian Lee LaFrance. Davis, a chef at Kitchen St. Pete, died at the scene. LaFrance was critically injured but survived.

Police say Mitchell had a blood alcohol content of .092 percent and tried unsuccessfully to escape from police headquarters.

Davis’ wife gave birth to the couple’s second child days after his death.


Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, https://www.tampatrib.com

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