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Driver faces DUI manslaughter charge in Tampa after pedestrian killed

TAMPA — A man driving a sport utility vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian outside a Tampa nightclub early Sunday, according to a Tampa police report.

The driver, Alex Perez-Escalante, 18, has been charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash with death and not having a valid driver's license. He remained at the Orient Road jail Sunday without a set bail.

Jail records list Perez-Escalante as a Mexican national with no known local address.

Tampa police had not released the identity of the victim Sunday.

According to an arrest report, Perez-Escalante was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe about 3:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the Palladium nightclub at 5305 N Armenia Ave. Someone threw a glass at Perez-Escalante's vehicle and he accelerated as he drove, the police report said.

Perez-Escalante lost control of his SUV and hit and killed the pedestrian, police said. He then drove south along Armenia. Officers located Perez-Escalante a few blocks away.

Driver faces DUI manslaughter charge in Tampa after pedestrian killed 02/15/09 [Last modified: Sunday, February 15, 2009 11:06pm]
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