Florida Man Charged For Hitting Lawyer And His Family While High On Whip Cream
Joseph Franco, 27, is accused of killing Amir Pelleg, 43 in July 2018 and injuring his wife and two young daughters.
After hitting the family, witnesses told police, Franco, on his phone, dumped a duffel bag in a nearby garbage can. Inside of the duffle bag, Police found 12 used canisters of nitrous oxide, and nine more unused ones. Franco was initially charged with tampering with evidence and distribution of nitrous oxide. The cans were labeled “XXX Platinum Triple Refined Cream Chargers,” an adult-themed product ostensibly used to make whipped cream. “Ready for slathering,” according to the packaging of one box being sold online. Investigators say the “whippets” are used mostly for inhaling the gas, which gives users a euphoric jolt.
After further investigation, police believe that Franco was actually high on the “whippets” when he crash. His car’s black box also showed he did not brake or even steer before he hit the family.
Franco had been on house arrest awaiting trial on the tampering charge before surrendering Wednesday to face the enhanced charges.