Man sentenced for 2009 DUI fatal crash

Christopher Price sentenced to 25 years in prison


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 37-year-old Florida man was sentenced to 25 years in prison for what prosecutors said was his second fatal crash while driving under the influence.

Christopher Price was sentenced on Monday after pleading no contest to two counts of DUI manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Price was driving the wrong way on Taylor Road in Port Orange and hit a car driven by Brett and Renee Gerken on Christmas Eve 2009. The Gerkens were killed in the crash.

According to the traffic homicide report, Price had high levels of Xanax and Oxycodone in his system at the time of the crash.

In 1995, Price was charged with DUI manslaughter in Marion County. He pled to the amended charge of vehicular homicide in 1998 and was sentenced to two years on community control and three years of probation.

The daughter of the Gerken's released a statement Monday, saying, "What he (the defendant) has done to me is a life sentence.  Because Mr. Price didn't learn from his mistakes, I have no immediate family…during the holidays, it will always seem empty to me."