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Clearwater man faces DUI manslaughter charge after fatal crash in Tarpon Springs

A Clearwater man was arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge after a New Port Richey woman was killed in a crash late Thursday night in Tarpon Springs, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Dustin Lee Rhoades, 29, was driving a 2008 Ford Explorer behind a 2012 Hyundai Elantra in the northbound lane of East Lake Road, troopers said. The Explorer overtook and rear-ended the Hyundai at Keystone Road about 11:29 p.m., troopers said. Both vehicles ran off the road and came to a rest on the east shoulder, just north of the intersection.

Denise Diometre, 65, the Hyundai's driver, was injured and taken to Trinity Hospital, where she died, troopers said.

Rhoades registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.16, troopers said. In Florida, a driver is considered impaired at 0.08.

Rhoades, who was not injured, was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

Clearwater man faces DUI manslaughter charge after fatal crash in Tarpon Springs 02/17/17 [Last modified: Sunday, February 19, 2017 12:17am]
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