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Man convicted in fatal New Year's Day 2013 crash

Sean Frederick Franke, 23, faces 25-year prison sentence

Sean Franke booking photo
Sean Franke booking photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man arrested in connection with a fatal crash New Year’s Day in 2013, which killed one passenger and seriously injured two others, was found guilty Tuesday of multiple charges.

Sean Frederick Franke, 23, was found guilty of driving under the influence manslaughter and two counts of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury.

Franke was driving down Beach Boulevard with three other people in the vehicle after leaving a New Year’s Eve party when Franke lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a right turn.

Franke struck a metal pole, which fatally injured 20-year-old Dara Kusiv. The other two passengers suffered serious injuries but recovered. The investigation revealed that Franke was under the influence, with a blood alcohol level of .178.

Franke faces up to 25 years in prison. He will be sentenced the week of Oct. 31.