Man sentenced to nearly 15 years for DUI manslaughter, additional charges

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CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A man involved in a fatal crash in 2018 has been sentenced to nearly 15 years in state prison for multiple charges.

State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit of Florida Bill Eddins announced May 14 that Calvin Lee Wilks Jr. is sentenced to 14.8 years in state prison and three years probation for DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and no vehicle registration.

On April 21, 2018, Wilks Jr. was driving on Pandora Drive in Crestview with passenger Derek Varner, 30, when Wilks Jr. drove into the shoulder and over-corrected. This placed his vehicle directly in the path of a 19-year-old female. Varner was pronounced dead on the scene and the female victim received serious injuries and was life-flighted for medical treatment.

Wilks Jr. admitted that he had been drinking and should not have been driving. A blood test revealed an alcohol level of .147 as well as the presence of THC.

The investigation was conducted by the Florida Highway Patrol with assistance from the Crestview Police Department and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement laboratory.