Monday, July 23, 2018
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Man charged with DUI manslaughter in fatal Sheldon Road motorcycle crash

TAMPA — A 61-year-old man was arrested Sunday and charged in connection with a crash that killed a motorcyclist on Sheldon Road last fall.

Nelson F. Massanet-Beltran was legally drunk when he turned his 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis in front of motorcyclist Kenneth Hall on Nov. 19, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrest report.

Massenet-Beltran was driving north on Sheldon Road about 10 p.m. when he tried to make a left onto Redwood Boulevard, failing to yield the right-of-way, the report states. Hall, 48, was riding south on his 2006 Harley Davidson Super Glide and crashed into the passenger side of the Mercury, the report states.

Hall was thrown from the bike and landed on the pavement. The Tampa man later died as a result of injuries to his back, neck and brain.

A witness who saw the crash identified Massenet-Beltran as the driver, according to the report. He provided a blood sample about three hours later that showed his blood alcohol .0127 and .129. A driver is presumed impaired at .08.

Massanet-Beltran was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail and was being held without bail Monday.

The arrest report lists a Hialeah address for Massent-Beltran, but jail records show a Tampa address. His occupation is listed as self-employed tow truck driver.

Contact Tony Marrero at [email protected] or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.

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