Local man charged with DUI manslaughter in Bay County

Published 10:31 am Thursday, November 2, 2017

Dylan Morris, 25, of Bainbridge, was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter last Friday night in Panama City Beach, Florida.

Morris was involved in a crash that occurred at the intersection of Hutchinson Boulevard and Clara Avenue. The crash resulted in the death of Joaquin Camargo of Spring Hill, Tennessee, who was reportedly in town celebrating his 55th birthday.

Morris was traveling north on Clara Avenue on his blue Harley Davidson. He was traveling above the posted speed limit when he ran a stop sign and struck a black Harley Davidson, who was passing Clara Avenue. Due to the impact, both drivers were ejected from their motorcycles.

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Camargo sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to Bay Medical Sacred Heard, where he later passed away due to the severity of the injuries.

While investigating the scene of the accident, investigators spoke to Morris and could smell the odor of alcohol. Investigator Brooks reported his eyes were bloodshot and glassy in appearance. He spoke with a thick tongue and slurred his words.

Morris told the investigators he did drink alcohol earlier in the day and could not remember which road and direction he was traveling. Morris was transported to the Panama City Beach Police Department, where officers conducted a field sobriety test. Morris was unable to keep his balance and follow directions; therefore a search warrant was drawn up in order to draw blood from the defendant.

After the blood draw was completed, Morris was transported to Bay Medical Beach ER to be seen for injuries he refused treatment for earlier. Upon release, Morris was transported to Bay County Jail for probable cause that he was impaired to the point he could not control his normal functions and operate a motor vehicle.

Morris appeared in court on Monday with a bond of $100,000 and had his lawyer file a plea of not guilty.

A GoFundMe page has currently been set up to cover the costs of Camargo’s funeral expenses.