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SUV-truck collision kills 1, injures 5

TAMPA — A carload of football fans were leaving the Buccaneers game Sunday night when their driver ran through red light into the path of a semitrailer truck, police say.

The collision left one person dead, five injured and landed a seventh person behind bars.

Dustin Alderman, 27, of 16323 Enclave Village Drive died at the scene. He was one of four passengers riding with Justin M. Jones, 26, of 16510 Ashwood Drive.

Jones, driving a Ford sport utility vehicle north on Himes Avenue, ran a red light at Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said.

Felipe Passos, 28, was westbound on Hillsborough Avenue at that moment, carrying a load of eight vehicles on his 2000 Kenworth. He was delivering vehicles for Bullet Auto Transport out of Boca Raton, dispatch manager William Oliveira said Monday. Tampa was one delivery stop on a trip that took him from California to Miami, Oliveira said.

Passos hit the passenger side of Jones' vehicle.

When police arrived, they smelled alcohol on Jones' breath, according to an arrest report. His eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was slurred and he "had an unsteady appearance," an officer wrote.

Jones was booked into Orient Road Jail on a charge of DUI manslaughter and held without bail.

Passos was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Alderman's family could not be reached Monday.

Jones' other passengers were still recovering from their injuries, according to a spokeswoman at St. Joseph's Hospital. Richard Garwacki, 27, was in serious condition; Kevin C. Barber, 27, was in fair condition; and Raymond Altieri, 26, was in good condition. And Michael McClenny, 26, was treated and released.

State motor vehicle records show Jones has been cited five times for speeding. His license was suspended for 30 days in 2003, after he accumulated more than 12 points within 12 months.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

SUV-truck collision kills 1, injures 5 10/20/08 [Last modified: Monday, October 27, 2008 4:56pm]
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