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Fatal Accident on I-275 Yields DUI Manslaughter Charges for St. Pete Man

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A St. Petersburg man is facing DUI manslaughter charges after troopers say he caused a fatal crash on Interstate 275.

According to FHP troopers, Malo Blackshear was driving southbound on I-275 in his Mercedes-Benz sedan early on the morning of Halloween at a high rate of speed when he rear-ended another vehicle near the exit for 38th Avenue North.

Troopers say Blackshear's vehicle struck the Hyundai sedan and spun out both vehicles, each coming to rest on opposite sides of the road. Within the Hyundai were two women - Nona Evans and an unidentified St. Petersburg resident.

The 27-year-old St. Pete woman was a passenger in the vehicle and, according to authorities, her injuries were fatal, causing her to expire at the scene. Evans, who is 23 years old, was transported to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment of injuries troopers described as minor.

Blackshear sustained minor injuries in the accident as well, but he was instead transported to Pinellas County Jail. He was booked in at mid-morning on Halloween on a single charge of DUI manslaughter. The 45-year-old Blackshear posted a bond of $10,000 that afternoon and was released from custody.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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