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The Florida Highway Patrol could have required a Gulf Breeze woman involved in a Sunday hit-and-run accident that injured a bicyclist to take a blood test in order to determine her blood alcohol content, according to state law.
But FHP spokesman Lt. Steve Preston said the trooper handling the case did not do so because Debi Cummings, 19, was not in custody for nearly two hours after the accident, making it difficult to prove she was under the influence when the crash happened.
Cummings is accused of hitting Nicholas Medina, 31, of Gulf Breeze, as she drove east in a Chevrolet Cruze on U.S. 98 near College Parkway in Santa Rosa County.
After the 3:05 a.m. accident, she left Medina in the road where the severely injured man was found about a half hour later and taken to a hospital.
For nearly two hours before surrendering to officers, Cummings was at home and visited a McDonald’s with her mother. She never reported the accident, a Florida Highway Patrol arrest report said.
She was booked into Santa Rosa County Jail on charges of failing to remain at a crash involving an injury and reckless driving causing