A Riverview woman already on probation for a prior drunk-driving conviction is now facing a charge of DUI manslaughter in relation to a November accident that left a biker dead.
Hillsborough County authorities say the 21-year-old woman had been drinking after her shift ended on November 5 at a Ruskin restaurant when she decided to drive herself home. Piloting her 2013 Toyota Corolla on I-75 at around a quarter to 9 that evening, she encountered a 28-year-old man on a motorcycle near the Gibsonton Drive exit.
Per investigators, the woman decided at the last moment to take the exit, swerving into the painted area that signaled the end of the exit pavement. Unfortunately she was allegedly unable to avoid missing a motorcycle that was stopped there and the man next to it.
The Corolla struck the bike and its rider from the rear, throwing the man off the machine and onto the pavement. The man’s injuries were severe, proving to be mortal before emergency medical teams could move him from the scene.
The woman, who was under driving restrictions placed on her by the judge in the prior DUI case, was taken to hospital for minor injuries. Officers at the hospital said she seemed to be under the influence of alcohol, and a blood test four hours later allegedly produced a blood-alcohol content of 0.093%.
The woman was arrested on July 8 and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of DUI manslaughter and violation of drivers license restrictions. She continues to be held in lieu of a bond of $15,250.
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