Driver charged with DUI-manslaughter in death of North Carolina tourist in Dayton Beach Shores bonds out of jail

Flowers left at scene of DUI manslaughter on beach / Headline Surfer®Photos for Headline Surfer® /
Flowers are left at the scene of a deadly drunken driving crash that claimed the life of 45-year-old Elizabeth Braly visiting from North Carolina by a driver who crashed through a toll booth after hours.

DAYTONA BEACH SHORES -- The motorist that cops believe was intoxicated when he struck and killed a North Carolina tourist as she was walking on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores has bonded out of jail.

Elizabeth Braly, 45, was with her 21-year-old son and his wife walking on the beach around 9:30 p.m. June 24, a Tuesday, when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Shawn Doolan.

Troopers said they believe Doolan was under the influence of alcohol when he was driving at a high rate of speed speed on Dunlawton Boulevard before he barreled down a beach access ramp, crashed through a toll booth and then ran the woman over. 

Shawn Doolan charged with DUI manslaughter in killing of North Carolina tourist on beach / Headline Surfer®Shawn Doolan, shown here in a Volusia County Branch Jail jail mug shot following his arrest, is charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI destruction of private property in the death of Elizabeth Braly. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
 

Doolan was arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter and DUI property damage.

Doolan has since posted the $12,000 bond and has been released from the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.

Braly's husband, Mark Braly, who drove straight through from from North Carolina to Florida when he learned of his wife's death, told Central Florida media outlets he feels bad for the accused DUI offender because "he is going to have to live through it, too." 

DUI crash in Daytona Beach Shores claims North Carolina woman / Headline Surfer®Elizabeth & Mark Braly at Daytona Int'l Speedway before her death / Headline Surfer®Elizabeth Braly is shown here with her husband, Mark at Daytona International Speedway several years ago. The North Carolina woman was struck and killed on the night of June 24 by a suspected drunken driver who crashed through a toll booth and ran her over on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores where she was visiting. The crime scene is shown in the larger image at left.

Braly's husband, Mark Braly, who drove straight through from from North Carolina to Florida when he learned of his wife's death, told Central Florida media outlets he feels bad for the accused DUI offender because "he is going to have to live through it, too." 

The grieving widow described his wife as a "great mother "of seven children and four grandchildren. "The son that was with my wife when the accident occurred isn't doing well," Braly said.

Braly said he's not angry with Doolan, but if he has an addiction to alcohol, then "I hate it."

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.