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Attorney withdraws in case of fatal 2013 crash

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Updated: 1/14 11:44 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The man accused in a crash that killed at UNF student on New Year's Day 2013 will be looking for a new attorney.

At a pretrial hearing in Duval County Tuesday, 21-year-old Sean Frederik Franke's attorney was allowed to withdraw as counsel.

Franke was not present at the hearing.

His next pretrial hearing is Jan. 28. His final pretrial is set for April 16 and jury selection is set to begin April 21.

Investigators say Franke was arrested a on charges related to the crash that killed 20-year-old UNF student Dara Michelle Kusiv.

Franke was driving his pickup truck westbound on Beach Boulevard when he went off the road and hit a post near Kernan Boulevard in the early morning hours of Jan. 1, according to investigators.

There were three passengers in the car with Franke. Kusiv, a 20-year-old from Longwood, Fla., was killed in the crash.

Franke, Samantha Kasten, 19, and Jacob Materia,19, were taken to UF & Shands with serious injuries.

Franke is facing charges of driving under the influence, manslaughter, driving under the influence, careless driving, and fail to use due care.

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