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DUI Manslaughter Charges for Individual Behind Two Car Crash in Tampa

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on March 10, 2019

A fatal car crash that took place along Westshore Boulevard last Saturday, March 2nd, has resulted in the arrest of an individual from Tampa on charges that include DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, and DUI with property damage charges. Reports from the Tampa Police Department indicate that the incident happened close to 9:30 on the evening of March 2nd and that it involved two vehicles and at least three people.

Behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee was a 24-year-old Tampa resident. With him in the car was another person who was not named or described in any of the initial reports. The driver of the Jeep was piloting their car down Westshore Boulevard after having consumed an unknown quantity of alcohol. The report indicated the 24-year-old was traveling well above the posted speed limit at this time.

As the Jeep Grand Cherokee neared the intersection of Westshore Boulevard and Montgomery Avenue, the driver decided to try and pass another car. In order to make the pass, the driver of the Jeep pulled their car into the left turn lane. Unable to control their car adequately, the driver of the Jeep was helpless to prevent the vehicle from crashing into the median of the road, at which point the driver lost control. The car careened through some trees and bushes located along the median, then reentered the road, although it seems that when they exited the median they entered the opposite travel lane than the one they had previously used. Meaning they were now traveling against traffic.

Before the driver of the Jeep was able to regain control of the car, they collided head-on with a Camry. As a result of the forceful impact, both vehicles erupted into flames.

Emergency response crews rushed to the site in the following moments and began trying to free and assist the injured motorists. The passenger inside of the Jeep suffered the worst in the crash, and they were declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Camry, believed to be alone, suffered from some minor injuries. It is not known if they were transported to a hospital.

The driver of the Jeep remained at the scene while police arrived and willingly told them that they had consumed alcohol in the time leading up to the fatal collision.

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