By Kevin Deutsch
John Serino, the Parkland resident charged with homicide and driving in the drunk driving accident that killed his passenger, has been released from jail on $ 1 million bail, court records show .
Serino, who tested positive for opioids after the sinking and had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit, posted bail on October 6 – about a week after his arrest – and was released from the main prison in Broward, according to the records.
He was initially taken into custody without bail.
Serino – CEO of The Original Frameless Shower Doors in Coral Springs – was “under the influence” and speeding down West Sunrise Boulevard when he crashed his Ferrari in the rollover accident, killing passenger Victor Battaglia, a father. of four 54-year-old children. , according to police records.
Under the conditions of his bail, Serino must wear a GPS tracking device and is subjected to random drug and alcohol testing.
He must also stay home most of the time, but may receive prior approval to leave for work, medical appointments, church services, errands and laundry outings, according to records.
The Serino State’s surveillance designation is “Level 2,” below the more stringent Level 1, which requires defendants to stay at home at all times, except in the event of a medical emergency.
According to prosecution documents filed by the Sunrise Police Department, a blood sample taken from Serino, 57, more than five hours after the accident on April 24, 2021, showed a blood alcohol level of 0.108 when his blood was drawn.
Drivers are considered legally drunk in Florida with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.
Serino’s urine sample also showed the presence of the opioids oxycodone and oxymorphone and two antidepressants, records show.
The accident report says the businessman crashed through a fence on West Sunrise Boulevard and the southbound ramp of the Sawgrass Freeway between 5:07 a.m. and 5:10 a.m.
Police said Serino drove his gray 2019 Ferrari 812 Superfast “recklessly or negligently” and “too fast for the conditions” while “under the influence of medication / drugs / alcohol”. The sports car rolled over a berm and took off before hitting a tree on the way down, curling onto its roof.
At around 9:40 a.m., about four and a half hours after the crash, Sunrise Police and the Florida Highway Patrol received several calls “from a white man stumbling from the wooded area,” later identified by police as Serino, just west of the crash site, the report says.
A Sunrise police officer arrived and saw Serino “lying on the edge of the roadway in a fetal position,” the report said.
Serino was taken to Broward Health Medical Center for treatment, and his blood and urine samples have been taken into custody as evidence.
After a five-month investigation, Serino was arrested last month for manslaughter and driving homicide, DUI for property damage and reckless driving with property damage, records show.
He pleaded not guilty.
Serino filed court documents in Broward County alleging that he was served “chemically modified” or “drugged” drinks in the $ 800 per person VIP section of Scarlett’s Cabaret, a strip club in Hallandale Beach , where he and Battaglia hung out before the crash. .
Before that, men drank at the Blue Martini in Fort Lauderdale, police said.
“The last thing [Serino] the clock inside the Ferrari was remembered indicating that it was around 12 in the morning while he was driving, âpolice wrote in their accident report. âSerino said he didn’t remember what happened, only that he woke up inside the Ferrari and had an accident. Serino said he had was able to free himself and get out of the vehicle.
Serino told police he stumbled out of the car and headed for the roadway, where he was later found by police and paramedics.
Records show he was not criminally charged in the case until September 30, following a lengthy police investigation.
After Sunrise Police took Serino into custody in Parkland that day, detectives said they took him to an interrogation room, where Serino “made it clear that he wanted to make a statement without the presence. of his lawyer, “according to police records.
“During the interview, the accused made several incriminating statements regarding the April 24 incident.”
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Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning criminal journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has served on staff for the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News, and the Palm Beach Post.