Jury deliberates in case of fatal hit-and-run crash related to marijuana use

After hearing the attorney’s final arguments and receiving the judge’s instructions, the jury in the case of a 2016 fatal hit-and-run crash retired to the jury room to begin deliberating on Wednesday in Broward County.

Jurors listened to five days of testimony including from Gerard Baldie, the defendant accused of causing the April 29, 2016 crash that killed Steven Olivert and Danielle Baldwin.

Baldie argued he was not to blame. He said he was an avid marijuana smoker and the tainted weed he smoked that night made him paranoid and unaware of the crash.

Baldie, a medical student, ran away from the crash scene. Witnesses saw him naked and running into businesses. He was treated, released, and he didn’t surrender to authorities until 2018.

Baldie is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, and leaving the scene of a fatal crash.

This is a developing story.

Coverage of the case

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April 29, 2021: Families say wheels of justice have been slow for couple killed in Broward
April 5, 2018: Man surrenders to authorities 2 years after fatal DUI crash
May 11, 2016: Double memorial service held for couple killed in crash
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