An Ocala woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter after a mid-day collision she allegedly initiated took the life of a 60-year-old woman.
Agnette Welk says a dropped cellphone distracted her while driving around noon on May 10, leading to her vehicle striking another driven by Shiyanne Kroll. Kroll’s mother, Sandra Clarkson, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time.
Police say that Welk’s vehicle struck Kroll’s, pinching it between her own vehicle and a horse trailer. Kroll, 18, suffered minor injuries, but Clarkson was not so fortunate. Sustaining severe head trauma, the 60-year-old grandmother was transported to hospital for treatment.
Despite the hospital staff’s best efforts, Clarkson’s injuries were too substantial to be helped. She was declared brain dead three days after the accident and disconnected from life support. Clarkson succumbed to her injuries the next day.
Officers say Welk’s blood-alcohol content was double the Florida limit when she was arrested. She suffered no injuries and was arrested at the scene, and was booked into the Marion County Jail soon after. Her initial slate of charges included DUI with serious bodily injury, and two counts of DUI with property damage. However, after Clarkson’s passing, Welk was re-arrested and charged with DUI manslaughter. Welk posted bond after both bookings.
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