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Recovery slow for teens' hit by repeat DUI driver

Older teen had to have leg amputated; Younger teen has more serious injuries

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The mother of the two teenagers stuck and critically injured while pushing a SUV that had run out of gas on Blanding Boulevard nine days ago lashed out against the driver who struck them from behind, saying he never should have been behind the wheel.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Christopher Breza, 54, was arrested and charged with this fourth DUI violation after hitting 17-year-old Frederick Horn had and 14-year-old Jason Newton on Blanding at Collins Road on Jan. 17.

"By the time he got to his second and third one, he shouldn't have got a license," said the boys' mom, Tierra Jones-Newton. 

Jones-Newton, who suffered minor injuries in the crash, is exhausted from going between two hospitals to spend as much time as possible at their bedsides.

Frederick had his leg amputated after the crash and Jason, who is suffering from severe swelling, is in worse shape. 

"He's got a lot of damage going on. We're talking at least six months to a year before he starts walking again" said the boys' mom, Tierra Jones-Newton, of Jason's injuries. "All because (Breza) decided to drink and drive. Where were you going that was so important?"

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Breza
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Christopher Breza

In addition to Breza (pictured in JSO booking photograph) being charged with two counts of DUI with great bodily harm and another felony count for having a fourth DUI, the family has hired Farah and Farah to pursue civil damages against him.


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