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Trial in fatal crash tied to Four Loko begins

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 04:38 PM

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Jury selection begins Tuesday for a St. Petersburg man charged with drunken driving in a 2010 wreck that killed an Orlando man and his three sons, and brought awareness to the dangers of the beverage Four Loko.

Demetrius Jordan, then 20, was charged with four counts of driving under the influence- manslaughter, one count of DUI with serious bodily injury and one count of possession of alcohol by a person younger than 21.

St. Petersburg police said Jordan was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Impala an estimated 80 mph before running a red light at 22nd Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, where he crashed into a 2010 Ford Fusion, authorities said.

The crash killed Elroy McConnell II, 51, and his three sons, Elroy III, 28, Nathan Scott, 24, Kelly Dale, 19.

Immediately after the crash, Jordan waived his Miranda rights and said he had a plastic cup of Amsterdam liquor mixed with Four Loko, an alcoholic beverage, and that he had smoked marijuana, police said.

Tests showed Jordan's blood-alcohol level at 0.154 percent. The legal limit for a driver in Florida is 0.08.

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