Bonnie D. Ramsingh, 56, of North Miami, was found guilty of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage without leaving information and of driving without a commercial driver’s license after he pleaded no contest to the charges stemming from the Dec. 18 crash. Both charges are misdemeanors, and Ramsingh will serve up to 18 months of probation.
A month before the December crash, Ramsingh was arrested in Port Charlotte on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, with a blood-alcohol content nearly twice the level at which Florida drivers are considered intoxicated.
Ramsingh’s regular license was revoked after the Nov. 17 arrest, and he was not legally permitted to be driving the dump truck that slammed into the overpass.
According to police, Ramsingh inadvertently left the hydraulic bed of his truck in the upright position as he drove away from a construction project widening I-75 from two lanes to three lanes between exits 181 and 182.
As he drove under the Ponce De Leon Boulevard overpass at about 2:35 a.m., the elevated bed hit the overpass, became completely detached from the truck and stood vertically in the middle of the interstate.
North Port police officers caught Ramsingh at 4 a.m. at a