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.