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Woman Arrested for Deadly DUI Crash


March 03, 2020

PUTNAM COUNTY, FL- News4jax.com writes that a woman was arrested this week in connection to a fatal crash that occurred last April. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, is now facing charges for numerous counts, including one for DUI manslaughter, four counts of DUI with severe bodily injury and additional counts for property damage.*

The incident occurred in the early evening when the woman crashed her vehicle into a pickup truck on County Road 315 close to the Interlachen High School. A woman in the car with her, who was a 38-year-old with four children, sustained critical injuries in the wreck. The passenger's injuries left her in a coma for ten days due to a severe brain injury. Nearly a year after the collision, the woman’s family says she is still recovering from her injuries. 

The driver in the pickup truck, a 75-year-old man, also sustained severe injuries in the collision and died one month after the incident. 

The other involved individuals have not been named. The arrest warrant was recently issued, and the suspect was taken into custody once police located her at a house in Palatka. The suspect is facing additional charges for marijuana possession. Records from the Florida Department of Corrections indicate that the woman was convicted for a previous incident involving stolen property. 

Drunk driving incidents are less common now than in years past, but these drivers still cause a high number of crashes every year. About 29 percent of all deadly traffic crashes are the result of alcohol impairment. 

The legal limit for blood alcohol levels among drivers is .08 percent alcohol per volume in every state except for Utah. In Utah, legislators recently voted to lower the limit to .05 percent. 

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Sources:https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/25/deputies-woman-arrested-in-dui-crash-that-left-1-dead-4-injured/?outputType=amp and https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/12/19/utah-lower-drunk-driving-limit-05-other-states/2358649002/


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