Uber passenger killed in New Year’s Eve DUI crash in North Port, police say

Sarasota County

NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – Police have confirmed to 8 On Your Side a 61-year-old man killed in a DUI car crash on New Year’s Eve was a backseat passenger in an Uber.

Family members have identified the victim who died at the scene as David Flick.

Police arrested 41-year-old Mark Barcia and charged him with DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with personal injury and DUI with property damage.

“It’s a lot to think about because if that guy had made the same right choice my dad had we wouldn’t be here talking right now and so obviously that’s weighing on me,” said David Flick, who shares the same name as his father. “But I’m also thinking about him and his family and how they’re impacted.”

The car crash happened around 6:09 p.m. Tuesday evening at the intersection of Toledo Blade Boulevard and Woodhaven Drive. Police said Barcia was driving a 2008 Ford F-250.

The Uber driver and another backseat passenger were in a Toyota Camry. Both were taken to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and are expected to recover, police said.

“What kind of sentence they give him, its not gonna be enough its not gonna bring my dad back,” Flick’s daughter Venissa Driggers told 8 On Your Side.

Driggers said her dad planned to celebrate the start of the new year with a new girlfriend.

“They knew if they went to their parent’s house they’d have some wine,” she said, “So if anyone has something to drink he doesn’t let you drive.”

Driggers said what happened to her dad is a reminder that all drivers must be responsible.

“If you’re intoxicated under the influence of anything,” she said, “whether it’s drugs or alcohol, you have no business to getting behind the wheel.”

A North Port Police Department spokesperson told 8 On Your Side the fact the victim was in an Uber does not impact their ongoing investigation.

Police said they are looking for any witnesses to contact Pfc. Aaron Nick at ANick@northportpd.com.

In December, Uber released its first comprehensive US Safety Report. The rideshare company said 107 people died in Uber-related crashes nationwide between 2017 and 2018.

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