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Police charge St. Petersburg man in crash that killed two

ST. PETERSBURG — More than two months after a crash left two people dead and one with life-threatening injuries, police have charged a 30-year-old man in connection with the incident.

Police on Thursday arrested Scott Michael Nicholson on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter, reckless driving, DUI with serious bodily injury and DUI with property damage. He remained in jail Friday on $32,5000 bail.

The collision, which killed Charles R. Lutes II and Diana L. Nusspickel, both 25, occurred about 1:30 a.m. June 3 at 62nd Avenue N and 22nd Street N.

Both Lutes and Nusspickel were in the back seat of a 2003 Saturn being driven by Devin M. Plant, 25, when their car collided with a speeding 2007 Chevy Cobalt headed in the opposite direction.

Nicholson was driving the Chevy, police said.

At the time, police said Nicholson was going "at an extremely high rate of speed," and his brakes locked as he slammed into the Saturn's right side. Toxicology reports revealed he had a blood-alcohol content level of .133, police said Friday. Florida law presumes impairment at 0.08.

The impact of the crash sent the Saturn spinning into a bus stop sign and wooden power pole.

Lutes and Nusspickel were pronounced dead at the scene.

Plant was treated for life-threatening injuries at Bayfront Medical Center and Nicholson was treated for serious injuries.

Nicholson has been cited numerous times for speeding and seat belt violations since 1999, according to his state driving history.

Police charge St. Petersburg man in crash that killed two 08/12/11 [Last modified: Friday, August 12, 2011 8:00pm]
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