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Daytona Beach man faces DUI manslaughter charge in Pinellas Park crash

PINELLAS PARK — A Daytona Beach man is accused of driving under the influence when he crashed into a St. Petersburg Times delivery truck, killing his own passenger and injuring four people.

Desmond King, 22, of Daytona Beach was arrested Wednesday on a charge of DUI manslaughter and additional DUI injury charges stemming from the Dec. 1 accident.

King was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice south on U.S. 19 at 2:20 a.m. when he crossed the median and veered in front of the northbound truck carrying newspapers to Pasco County, said Pinellas Park police Capt. Sandy Forseth.

The truck smashed into the passenger side of the Caprice and the right rear passenger, Patrick Murphy, 22, was killed on impact. King and his two other passengers were injured along with the truck driver, Mark Zampella.

"We were waiting on lab results before we could make an arrest," Forseth said in explaining the delay in charges.

The lab results showed King had a 0.096 blood-alcohol percentage — 0.08 is the level at which the state presumes a driver is impaired — and he had traces of marijuana in his system, Forseth said.

Daytona Beach man faces DUI manslaughter charge in Pinellas Park crash 02/05/09 [Last modified: Thursday, February 5, 2009 4:02pm]
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