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On bail for fatal crash, Pasco man charged with DUI

HUDSON — It's been less than three years since Ronald Gramling killed a woman in an alcohol-related crash, authorities say.

He is out on bail, awaiting trial in the 2008 case. And on Wednesday, he was caught driving impaired again, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Gramling, 39, was heading north about 6 a.m. on U.S. 19 near Little Road with a wonky, inverted front tire, a report said. Gramling's 2011 Nissan was making a loud noise, and, when a deputy stopped him, Gramling didn't know where he was or what time it was, the report said.

Gramling told the deputy he had taken Roxicodone, for which he has a prescription. He was arrested and charged with DUI.

He was released from the Pasco County jail less than five hours after he was booked.

News of his arrest upset Dee Dee Russell, the mother of Denise Anne Dennis, who died in the 2008 crash.

"He should be in prison," said Russell, who lives in New Hampshire. "We don't have any closure to her death at all."

Authorities say Gramling had a blood-alcohol level of 0.089 on Feb. 1, 2008, when he crashed into Dennis' Kia Sedona. Dennis was about to turn onto King Helie Boulevard when Gramling's Land Rover veered sharply and traveled over the raised concrete median on Little Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The two sport utility vehicles hit head-on. Dennis, 35, of Holiday, was killed instantly.

Gramling, who lives in Holiday and owns a trucking company in Port Richey, received serious injuries. A 0.08 blood-alcohol level is the threshold at which Florida presumes drivers to be impaired.

Gramling was charged with vehicular homicide. A trial date has not yet been set.

Russell said her daughter was married and had two daughters, who were ages 2 and 5 when she died. Dennis, according to her obituary, was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church and was a volunteer at their school. She was an only child.

"I couldn't ask for a better daughter," Russell said.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

On bail for fatal crash, Pasco man charged with DUI 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 8:16pm]
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