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Man hanging from car window dies when driver sideswipes pole in Clearwater

CLEARWATER — A man who was hanging out the passenger window of a van was killed early Friday when the driver sideswiped a power pole, police said.

The driver was charged with driving under the influence manslaughter.

Police said Nicole Marina Scholl, 32, of 450 19th St. in Palm Harbor, was driving a 1996 Plymouth minivan near 23902 U.S. 19, south of Sunset Point Road, about 1:50 a.m.

Anthony Steven Campaign, 22, of Clearwater was hanging out the window when Scholl lost control and hit the power pole, police said.

Campaign, who was not wearing a seat belt, was killed upon impact and ejected from the minivan. He suffered severe injuries to his head, police said.

He was apparently leaning out of the van because he was "not feeling well," said Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts.

Scholl was taken to Bayfront Medical Center as a precaution. She was later arrested.

The arresting officer wrote that Scholl had alcohol on her breath, slurred speech and bloodshot, glassy eyes, according to an arrest report. Police said she admitted drinking at a bar before the crash.

She was being held in Pinellas County Jail without bail Friday.

Jail records show Scholl was arrested Feb. 26 on charges of marijuana and Vicodin possession. She has a history of driving offenses, and her driver's license was suspended in 2007 and 2009 for failure to pay traffic tickets. It was valid at the time of Friday's accident, according to her state driving record.

She was arrested on a charge of DUI in Pasco County in February 2009 but the charge was dropped, according to records.

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy contributed to this report.

Man hanging from car window dies when driver sideswipes pole in Clearwater 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 10:20pm]
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