SARASOTA, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said it has arrested the driver involved in a fatal wrong-way accident in Sarasota late last year, according to WTSP.
37-year-old Olivia Hernandez of Punta Gorda has been charged in connection with the crash Dec. 14 on Interstate 75 near mile marker 194. Investigators determined that Hernandez was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-75 when she crashed into a Nissan head-on. The driver of the Nissan, a 21-year-old Lauderdale Lakes man, was killed in the wreck and a teenage passenger was injured.
Toxicology tests revealed that Hernandez’s blood alcohol level was above the legal limit, and she was arrested this week on several charges, including DUI manslaughter and DUI serious bodily injury. She was booked into the Sarasota County Jail.
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