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Two drivers arrested in crashes that killed good Samaritan

TAMPA — Sheriff's deputies arrested two drivers involved in crashes that killed a man who had stopped to help at an accident. The incident involves two collisions in the early hours of Oct. 28 on Interstate 75.

Jessica Lynn Paquette, 23, was charged Sunday with driving under the influence manslaughter. She was booked into the Orient Road Jail and released on $10,000 bail.

Paquette of St. Andrews Court in Riverview was driving a Saturn that struck and killed Amir Sarhaddi, 29. Sarhaddi of Tampa was driving south on I-75 after a rare evening out. His wife, Stacey, was in the passenger seat.

When the couple came upon the aftermath of a car crash about 3 a.m. near Brandon, Sarhaddi pulled over. An Infiniti had rear-ended a Jeep.

As Sarhaddi of Riverview approached the vehicles, Paquette's car struck him. He died at the scene.

The original collision also involved a DUI charge. James Braley, 36, was driving the Infiniti that struck the Jeep, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins. Braley of Tampa was charged Monday with DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury. He was booked into the Orient Road Jail on $27,000 bail and released.

The months after the collisions were spent gathering evidence, Gaskins said.

Two drivers arrested in crashes that killed good Samaritan 08/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, August 18, 2008 4:50pm]
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