Toronto woman arrested in Florida

ORMOND BEACH, Fla. – Eunice Cich, 52, of Toronto was arrested Wednesday in Ormond Beach, Fla., on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated causing serious physical harm after the Florida Highway Patrol reported she struck three people with a pickup truck during Bike Week festivities.

The highway patrol reported designated crosswalks are established during Bike Week but the two men and a woman walked out onto U.S. Route 1 near the Iron Horse Saloon, a popular Bike Week venue, and were struck by the pickup truck Cich was driving around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Department reported all three were seriously injured, with one being flown by medical helicopter to Halifax Hospital.

Sgt. Kim Montes, Florida Highway Patrol spokesperson, said Cich currently faces only the DUI charge. She said the three people struck were not using the designated crosswalk established by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department for the Bike Week events.

“We have not made an official determination of who was at fault,” she said, adding pedestrians only have the right of way on Florida roads when using crosswalks.

Montes said Cich had a blood-alcohol level of 0.104 three hours after the accident when she was administered a breathalizer test. The legal blood-alcohol level in Florida is 0.08. Montes said blood was drawn from Cich at the scene of the accident but results won’t be known for about eight weeks.

Montes said Cich was cooperative with law enforcement at the scene. Montes said the case still is under investigation.

Cich posted a $25,000 bond on Sunday and is scheduled for an arraignment on April 2 in Volusia County Circuit Court.