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Pasco man charged in fatal Tampa crash

TAMPA — A New Port Richey man was arrested Friday after investigators decided that a November accident that killed a woman in Tampa is a case of vehicular homicide.

Daniel Ray, 37, was charged with DUI manslaughter in the Nov. 4 death of Sonia Sofia De Jesus Serrano.

Ray's blood alcohol level after the crash was twice the .08 percent level where the law presumes impairment, Tampa police said.

De Jesus, 46, was driving her 2004 Toyota Matrix east on Sligh Avenue when Ray's sport utility vehicle ran a red light while on southbound Nebraska Avenue, police said.

De Jesus swerved to avoid a collision and hit a county bus with 12 passengers that was stopped on Nebraska Avenue. No one on the bus was injured, but De Jesus died at the scene.

Ray was hospitalized with a possible broken leg.

He was arrested by New Port Richey police and taken to the Pasco County jail.

Ray's driving history includes a 1999 DUI charge in which his blood alcohol level was .132, according to state records.

Pasco man charged in fatal Tampa crash 12/17/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 17, 2010 11:39pm]
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