Florida man leaves his DUI manslaughter trial for lunch, doesn’t return, court records show

Zachery Waldo involved in crash that killed a 13-year-old girl and her parents, police say

Zachery Waldo (WKMG 2020)

LAKE COUNTY, Fla. – A man accused of DUI manslaughter in a 2019 fatal crash in Leesburg that killed three people, including a teen, went to lunch during his trial Tuesday and didn’t come back, according to court documents.

Zachery Waldo, 36, went on trial this week. He’s accused of causing a crash on Christmas Eve in 2019 that killed Christopher Smith, Jessica Smith and their 13-year-old daughter, Hailey.

Detectives said Waldo was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs at the time of the crash.

Waldo was arrested in August 2020 after evading authorities, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

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During his trial, officials said Waldo left for a lunch break but did not return.

News 6 has reached out to Lake County Sheriff’s Office to see if he has been found. The court meanwhile has revoked Waldo’s bond.

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