TAMPA — A man who was behind the wheel of a car during a December crash that left his passenger dead was charged Monday with DUI manslaughter.
In the early morning of Dec. 23, Chad Arthur Prilliman was heading north in a 2013 Kia on the Interstate 4 exit ramp to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa. Prilliman rolled through a red traffic light at the end of the ramp, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the car entered the westbound side of MLK Boulevard, it crossed into the path of a 2006 Nissan sport utility vehicle.
The SUV collided with the right side of the Kia. Prilliman's passenger, Brian Robert Costello, 32, of The Villages was severely injured and died at the scene of the crash. The SUV driver was not injured.
Prilliman, 40, of Wildwood, survived. A subsequent investigation revealed that he was drunk when the crash happened, troopers said.
FHP troopers arrested him Monday morning on charges of DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI with property damage. He was being booked Monday afternoon in the Hillsborough County Jail.