Police in Largo, FL, have announced the arrest of a Tampa woman accused of driving in the wrong lane and crashing head-on into another vehicle, killing one person and injuring three others, including two children.
Britney Lynn Crawford, 27, faces charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious injury, vehicular homicide, and child neglect. She was booked into jail Sunday and was ordered held on $70,000. She bonded out of jail the following day. Attorney information wasn’t available.
According to the Largo Police Department, the crash occurred at approximately 2:15 a.m. May 3 along U.S. 19. Police received a call about a Nissan Murano speeding south in the northbound lanes of the highway. Officers tried to pull the vehicle over, but it crashed head-on into another vehicle.
The front-seat passenger of the vehicle Murano crashed into was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle’s driver suffered a serious leg injury and was hospitalized, according to police. A 10-year-old child in the back seat was also hospitalized with serious injuries. Police haven’t released the names of the victims.
Crawford was identified as the driver of the Murano. She was found unconscious in the vehicle and was airlifted to an area hospital. She reportedly had a child with her at the time of the crash who was hospitalized for precautionary reasons, police said. Crawford’s relationship with the child was redacted in her arrest report.
Police noted that Crawford smelled of alcohol; they reportedly found two open cans of seltzer in her vehicle. Blood drawn at the hospital revealed that her blood alcohol content was .202, which is more than twice the legal limit for driving in Florida.
More than 5,000 accidents involving alcohol are reported in Florida every year, and at least 350 result in fatalities for at least one person involved. On average, over 29 percent of traffic-related deaths reported in Florida every year are the result of drunk driving. As a consequence, law enforcement agencies are required to use a zero-tolerance standard when punishing individuals who engage in this type of reckless behavior.
DUI manslaughter is a criminal charge brought against a driver accused of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and causing or directly contributing to the death of another person. It is a serious offense that, depending on the circumstances of the case, may be prosecuted as a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. It is usually charged as a second-degree felony by default with an array of penalties that include jail time, fines, driver’s license suspension, alcohol abuse courses, and more.
There are many instances where individuals are wrongfully accused of being under the influence at the time of a fatal accident, and they face severe consequences from such a conviction. Given the gravity of a DUI manslaughter charge, it is crucial to hire an experienced defense attorney who can launch an aggressive but tasteful defense that won’t create additional liability for the defendant.
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