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Police Charge Drunk Driver in Tragic Wrong-Way Collision Near Tampa Airport


January 29, 2020

TAMPA, FL- The tbreporter.com writes that a driver who was involved in a fatal wrong-way crash in Tampa was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Police have now charged the Land O’ Lakes man with two counts of DUI Manslaughter and two counts of Vehicular Homicide.*

The incident occurred over the weekend when the 30-year-old suspect drove the wrong direction on an entrance ramp and struck the victims’ vehicle head-on. The two people in the other car included a ride-share driver and a passenger. Both of the individuals were declared dead at the scene of the crash. Details regarding the identities of those individuals have not been released. The incident occurred in the very early morning. Officers who responded at the scene stated that the driver showed signs of being impaired. 

Wrong-way crashes are collisions that occur when a driver enters a divided roadway heading in the wrong direction. These collisions are rare because roads are designed to prevent these types of mistakes from happening. In most cases, drivers who enter the road in the wrong direction had to have disregarded multiple signs indicating that they were going the wrong way. 

When a wrong-way crash does occur, the results are often severe. Many of these incidents involve high-speed head-on crashes. The likelihood of a fatality in such a scenario is extremely high. 

Studies indicate that wrong-way drivers are often impaired at the time of the accident. Drunk drivers are more likely than are sober motorists to fail to notice warnings and indications that they are making a serious mistake. Several hundred people die in these types of crashes every year. 

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Sources:http://www.tbreporter.com/crime/driver-accused-of-dui-manslaughter-in-fatal-wrong-way-crash-at-tampa-airport/ and https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/intersection/other_topics/wwd/


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