Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

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.

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