Lady of America Founder Sentenced in Fatal DUI Crash
Roger Wittenberns, 62, founder of franchise fitness chain Lady of America, pled guilty to DUI manslaughter in the fatal 2016 car crash that killed J. Gerald Smith, 82, an Uber driver. Wittenberns crashed his Lamborghini Murciélago into the front driver's side of Smith's Buick Enclave SUV.
Wittenberns, 62, will not face jail time but was sentenced to two years of house arrest, 10 years of probation and must pay the deceased driver's family $20,000, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
...Investigators told Club Industry in 2016 that alcohol and speed were factors in the crash. Wittenberns and his girlfriend had been eating and drinking downtown before they began speeding uptown in matching yellow sports cars. His blood-alcohol level after the accident was 0.15, almost twice the legal limit.
...“I have been humbled and humiliated by my actions,” Wittenberns said at his sentencing. “I have been and will continue to be vilified for my action by my community, the media, my friends and even one of my daughters. … I will carry this burden with a heavy heart for the rest of my life. I took a life. No words or actions will ever be enough to show sorrow and remorse. God knows my heart and soul. I am truly sorry for what I have done.” —Anthony Dominic, Club Industry