BROOKSVILLE — Authorities on Tuesday arrested the driver of a pickup that fatally injured a construction worker last fall in Hernando County.
Karen Macchione, 43, of Brooksville was charged with DUI manslaughter because toxicology results showed she was under the influence of a controlled substance at the time of the Nov. 8 crash, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.
Steven Thompson, 28, was working on a road project in a closed westbound lane of Spring Hill Drive, just east of Spring Park Way near the Suncoast Parkway, about noon when Macchione failed to merge into the one open lane, according to the FHP. Macchione drove her 2005 Dodge Ram along the closed lane, straight toward the road project. The front left of her truck hit Thompson, who died later at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.
Macchione, who has been charged with nine other traffic violations in Hernando County since 2005, was not injured.