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Tampa Man Charged With DUI Manslaughter After Fatal Car Accident

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A Tampa man is facing drunk driving manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges after Pinellas County authorities say he killed a woman while driving impaired.

Police say the 23-year-old man was traveling eastbound on 18th Avenue South in the early evening of January 20 when his black 2015 Mazda 6 approached the intersection of 22nd Street South at an elevated speed.

Authorities say the traffic light was red when he approached it, but he did not slow his progress. Waiting for him in the intersection was the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu of a 38-year-old woman. The defendant's vehicle struck the Malibu, which police say was also exceeding the posted speed limit, on the passenger side.

Responders to the scene found the woman grievously injured, and she was transported via ambulance to hospital. Despite the doctors' best efforts, the woman expired shortly after her arrival.

Meanwhile, officers say the defendant presented as impaired, prompting them to investigate the accident as a DUI. The defendant's blood was drawn as he was being treated for injuries at hospital, and police say the blood-alcohol content of the samples tested at 0.162%. Authorities took additional samples at the time for testing at a later date.

The defendant was treated for minor injuries and released to the custody of St. Petersburg police. He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail shortly after on charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, possession of marijuana, and probation violation. He continues to be held in jail without bond.

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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