Woman Charged With DUI After Fatal T-Bone Collision In Seminole County
Nearly a month after the collision originally occurred, a 25-year-old woman had her day in court this week to face a DUI manslaughter charge for her alleged connection to a deadly auto accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in mid-February in Altamonte Springs.
According to the initial reports from authorities with the Altamonte Springs Police Department, it was shortly after 3 a.m. on February 18, 2022, when 25-year-old Sierra Barber was driving her vehicle in the vicinity of Maple Street and State Road 436. As she approached the intersection, she decided to perform a U-turn with her car. At this same time, a motorcyclist entered the area from another direction traveling at a high rate of speed, said Barber’s passenger in a witness statement.
Although Barber saw the oncoming motorcycle, she told authorities that she believed the driver was slowing down for the upcoming traffic, so she proceeded with the U-turn and that’s when the motorcyclist slammed into the side of her car. The force of impact from the collision was so devastatingly loud that a patrol officer working several blocks away heard the accident and ran to the scene of the crash.
The female driver of the motorcycle did not survive the accident.
Routine field sobriety tests were performed on Sierra Barber by responding officers with the Altamonte Springs Police Department after she admitted to having “two martinis and a gin drink” at some point before getting behind the wheel of her vehicle. The outcome indicated that the 25-year-old’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at .096, however, authorities were unable to make an official arrest until after Barber’s blood work confirmed the preliminary results. The suspect was then transported to the Seminole County Jail and charged with DUI manslaughter.
There is no further information surrounding the court’s decision since this case is still in litigation.
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