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Brandon man, 20, charged with vehicular manslaughter in November crash

VALRICO — A 20-year-old Brandon man was accused Thursday of vehicular manslaughter in a crash that killed his 19-year-old passenger.

The accident happened on Nov. 10, 2010. Investigators say Addison C. Strzalka was driving his 2007 Chevrolet pickup between 88 and 90 mph in a 30 mph zone on Nature's Way Boulevard. He also was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Strzalka lost control of the pickup while trying to negotiate a curve, deputies said. His truck left the road and struck a tree. The force of the crash caused extensive damage to the truck and threw Nicole B. Petracci, his passenger, from the vehicle, deputies said.

Petracci of Valrico died at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt. Strzalka was hospitalized after the crash.

At the crash scene, deputies overheard Strzalka talking on a cell phone, saying, "I was going too fast. I was trying to show off."

Strzalka had a blood-alcohol level of 0.034 one hour and 45 minutes after the crash, below the 0.08 level at which Florida presumes impairment.

Strzalka received a traffic citation in December 2008 for driving across private property, according to court records. He has no other arrests in Florida, according to state records.

Strzalka was released from a Hillsborough County jail on Thursday after posting $15,000 bail.

Brandon man, 20, charged with vehicular manslaughter in November crash 07/07/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 8, 2011 12:41am]
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