Trial Begins for Pensacola Man Accused of DUI Manslaughter on Hathaway Bridge

PANAMA CITY, Fla. -
Witnesses took the stand Tuesday for a Pensacola man accused of DUI manslaughter on the Hathaway Bridge last year in April.  Kenneth Lee Manhard faces a judge and jury for the death of Jerry Jones, 30, of Lynn Haven.

Witnesses say before the accident, security escorted Manhard out for allegedly bothering customers at Ms. Newby's in Panama City Beach.

Steven Lustig says he noticed Manhard was intoxicated, and says the bar offered to pay for a cab ride.

"He said he [Manhard] was getting in the cab, so I thought it was all good and I started walking away. After I walked away, the cabbie pulled up and he told me that he got out of the cab," said Lustig.

Lustig says he later pulled off in his White Hyundai Accent.

"The first thing I did was take a picture of his tag. As he opened the door, I recall him hitting my car because my vehicle was parked right next to him and I said I'm paying for your cab, do not drive. At that time he's yelling and cursing at me," said Lustig. 

Prosecutors says after 4 a.m., Manhard left Newby's, pulled in to the Gold Nugget Gentleman's Club parking lot and caught the attention of staff.

Between that time, the accident occurred when the victim was hit while driving his scooter.

"I was at the front of the car I was looking at it and I noticed up on the windshield there was damage, and the damage kind of looked like a body shape," said Gold Nugget Server Lauren Ann Dee.

Dee says Manhard then drove away from the gold nugget and followed after him.

Manhard's additional charges include driving with a suspended license, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and failure to render aid. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

Testimonies will continue Wednesday. 


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