Driver convicted of DUI manslaughter charged in second case, 25 years later


Twenty-five years ago, Bobby Wayne Hunt was convicted in Broward County of DUI manslaughter and leaving a fatal accident.

This month, the state attorney’s office charged Hunt, 52, of Fort Lauderdale with the same offense and more after a Jan. 20, 2015, crash on North Federal Highway that police said resulted in the death of a 91-year-old woman.

That Tuesday morning at about 9 a.m., a Nissan Murano SUV was driving north along North Federal Highway and as it approached the intersection of East Commercial Boulevard, a white Chevrolet van struck it from behind.

The Nissan hit a tree in the center median. Police did not identify the driver.

Passenger Aileen Rhodes, of Fort Lauderdale, had fractures in her legs, pelvis and neck. A great-grandmother, Rhodes died that afternoon at Broward Health Medical Center, records show.

Hunt, the driver of the Chevrolet, is accused of leaving the scene without stopping to help, but a witness followed him to a parking lot, according to an arrest report.

Hunt was described as being extremely jittery. A urine test found he had taken alprazolam, methadone and also tested positive for cocaine, codeine, fentanyl and morphine at the time of the crash, the arrest report said.

After his 1992 conviction in a DUI manslaughter case in Broward County, Hunt was also convicted of leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He served a year of weekends in custody in a county jail and was also sentenced to eight years of state probation, according to court records and people familiar with the case.

Hunt was arrested Tuesday for his involvement in the 2015 crash. The state attorney’s office has charged him with DUI manslaughter; DUI with serious bodily injury; driving with a license permanently revoked and two counts of driving with a suspended license causing serious bodily injury and death.

Hunt’s ability to pay for an attorney was being reviewed Thursday and the Broward Public Defender’s Office said it was not able to comment on his case.

Hunt will be held in jail until trial.

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