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St. Pete woman pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter in Pasco

DADE CITY — A woman involved in a 2007 crash that left one person dead and six more injured pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI manslaughter and other DUI-related charges.

Heather Dison, 35, of St. Petersburg, will be sentenced Dec. 22. She faces up to 20 years in prison.

The Florida Highway Patrol says that at 2:35 a.m. on June 16, 2007, Dison was driving a 2006 GMC pickup north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 in Dade City.

A southbound 1979 Cadillac coupe, driven by Jason Hamilton, 23, of Dade City, collided head-on with Dison's pickup. Another southbound vehicle, a 1994 Buick sedan, driven by Cedric Washington, 27, of Dade City, swerved to avoid the wreck, hit a pole and overturned.

Hamilton died at the scene. A passenger in Hamilton's vehicle, along with Washington and four passengers from his vehicle, were injured.

Dison was arrested four months later after a toxicology report showed her blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.157. Florida law presumes impairment at a level of 0.08.

St. Pete woman pleads guilty to DUI manslaughter in Pasco 11/24/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 3:08pm]
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