A Flagler County man has been charged in the death of his girlfriend, a
25-year old woman named Jordan Marie Rineer, in a rollover crash that
occurred in the early morning hours of late October last year.
Police say Tyler Dutton was drunk when he crashed into a drainage ditch
on US1 in Flagler County, Florida, causing his Toyota Tacoma to flip over
two lanes of highway. Rineer, the passenger, was ejected from the vehicle,
and pronounced dead by FHP at the scene. Analysists later found that Dutton’s
blood alcohol level at the time of the crash would have been around 0.11
and 0.18, well above the legal limit.
Police learned that Dutton and Rineer had been patronizing a Buffalo Wild
Wings restaurant in Daytona Beach for many hours prior to getting behind
the wheel in the early hours of October 27th, 2015.
If Convicted Criminally, Dutton Could Also Face a Civil Suit from the Rineer Family
Police have formally charged Dutton for the death of Jordan Rineer on that
fateful night. On June 23rd, FHP and the State’s Attorney’s Office filed charges against
Dutton that include DUI manslaughter, a second-degree felony.
A judge issued a warrant for Dutton’s arrest, and he subsequently
turned himself in on July 5th, this week. He was released on bail, but will be forced to face these
very serious criminal charges in due time.
If convicted, Dutton faces a minimum sentence of four years in a Florida prison.
As the criminal case proceeds, the surviving family of Jordan Rineer could
make an attempt to sue under Florida’s
wrongful death laws, for the negligent and unnecessary death of their beloved daughter.
Who’s Responsible for Jordan Rineer’s Death Under Current Florida Laws?
According to current Florida statutes, the family of Jordan Rineer could
potentially hold a few different people or entities responsible for the
untimely death of their daughter. These defendants potentially include:
- Tyler Dutton, held personally liable
- Tyler Dutton’s vehicle insurance company
- Jordan Rineer or her family’s vehicle insurance company
- The owners of Buffalo Wild Wings, the restaurant the couple patronized
before the accident
- The business liability insurance company of Buffalo Wild Wings
While it remains unclear from media reports exactly what investigators
know at this stage in the criminal case, the circumstantial evidence points
to the possibility that Buffalo Wild Wings or its management and staff
may have been negligent in serving too much alcohol to Dutton.
Further, the insurance companies of both Dutton and Rineer could potentially
be held liable for damages relating to the death of Jordan Rineer.
Any damages recovered by the family of Jordan Rineer in a lawsuit against
one or more potential defendants could be used to subsidize the cost of
medical and funeral costs, economic loss, and pain and suffering by the
surviving and still grieving family.
If you or someone who know was injured or killed in a DUI-involved crash,
please consider giving the attorneys at the Law Offices of Craig Goldenfarb
a call at 561-600-5605. We can complete an initial consultation over the phone, and get back to
you the same day with a legal opinion on what your options may be, and
whether we can help you.
We help families all over Florida seek and recover compensation for negligence
that results in the death of a loved one.
Remember that the call is always free, and there’s no upfront cost
or fee to hire our law firm.