A St. Petersburg woman is facing drunk driving charges after the Florida Highway Patrol said she caused a wrong-way accident that severely injured another.
Troopers say the woman was driving north in the southbound lanes of I-275 in the early morning hours of March 22 when her 2017 Subaru Forester struck a 2013 Buick Verano near the interchange with Gandy Boulevard.
According to investigators, it is not currently known how she came to be driving the wrong direction on the highway. However, what is alleged is that the two vehicles met, with disastrous results. Each vehicle ended up on opposite shoulders of the highway, with the suspect’s vehicle eventually catching fire.
The suspect, who was wearing her seat belt at the time of the incident, escaped major injury. The occupants of the other vehicle were far less fortunate, however. The 24-year-old Clearwater woman was seriously injured in the accident, necessitating her transportation to St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment of her injuries.
Meanwhile, the California native was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of reckless driving with serious bodily injury, and DUI causing serious bodily injury. Results from a blood-alcohol content test were not available. She was released that afternoon after posting a bond of $10,000.
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