Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. 'Me too': Alyssa Milano urged assault victims to tweet in solidarity. The response was massive.

    Human Interest

    Actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Sunday with an idea, suggested by a friend, she said.

    Within hours of Alyssa Milano’s tweet, tweets with the words “me too” began appearing. By 3 a.m. Monday, almost 200,000 metoo tweets were published by Twitter’s count.
  2. Tampa tax shelter schemer too fat for his prison term, attorney says

    Criminal

    TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced two Bay area men to prison terms last week for peddling an offshore tax shelter scheme that cost the IRS an estimated $10 million.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.

  3. Weinstein Co., overwhelmed by backlash, may be up for sale

    Corporate

    NEW YORK — The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.

    Weinstein
  4. Trial begins in 2014 death of 19-month-old Tampa girl

    Criminal

    TAMPA — Even before his trial officially began, Deandre Gilmore had planted his gaze on the floor of Judge Samantha Ward's courtroom Monday, taking a deep breath and shifting in his seat as a pool of 60 potential jurors learned of his charges.

    Gilmore
  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe

    College

    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]