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Man arrested on DUI manslaughter charge in 2012 crash

ST. PETERSBURG — A man who was involved in a fatal crash more than a year ago in Pinellas Park was arrested Friday on charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

A warrant was issued in May for William Dion McClendon, 45, after prosecutors filed the charges, but it was 10 months before police were able to arrest him.

The charges stemmed from a crash that killed an 84-year-old woman on Jan. 11, 2012, at Gandy Boulevard and 35th Street N.

Helen Sauerbier, 84, was driving west on Gandy about 3:30 p.m. that day in a 1996 Lincoln Town Car when she tried to turn left onto 35th Street, police said. She drove into the path of a 2007 Nissan Murano that McClendon was driving.

The cars collided and Sauerbier was killed.

McClendon was treated for minor injuries, police said.

Authorities say McClendon was driving under the influence of alcohol and had a suspended license. Investigators tested a sample of McClendon's blood for alcohol, but the results were not immediately available Friday.

He was held in the Pinellas County Jail Friday night on $40,500 bail.

Man arrested on DUI manslaughter charge in 2012 crash 03/15/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 15, 2013 7:44pm]
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