Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Hillsborough woman charged with DUI manslaughter in December crash

PLANT CITY — A Thonotosassa woman was arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge Friday in connection with a fatal December crash.

At about 11 p.m. on Dec. 18, Mona Lisa Shipley, 45, over-corrected her car as she drove in Polk County and lost control, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Her car swerved across a couple lanes, flipped and collided with a fence.

Passenger Kayla Suzanne Nelms, 28, was thrown from the car, and she died at the scene.

Neither Nelms nor Shipley were wearing seat belts, but Shipley only received minor injuries, authorities say.

A 4-year-old child in the backseat was wearing a seat belt and only received minor injuries.

At the time of the crash, Shipley had a blood alcohol level of 0.149, FHP said. The state presumes impairment at 0.08.

Shipley was arrested Friday morning at the Happy Homes mobile home park at 2900 U.S. 92 in Plant City.

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