Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant City teen charged with DUI manslaughter in February crash

Jennifer Carvajal, 17, was charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a valid license.

Jennifer Carvajal, 17, was charged with DUI manslaughter and driving without a valid license.

PLANT CITY — A Plant City teenager who was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that collided with a car in February, killing the driver, has been charged with DUI manslaughter.

Jennifer Carvajal, 17, was booked into jail Thursday on the manslaughter charge and a count of driving without a valid license resulting in death — both felonies — and held without bail.

The 4-foot-11, 110-pound high school student was driving north in a Lincoln Navigator at 6:30 a.m. Feb. 5 on Alexander Street, according to Plant City police. Keith Davis, 52, was coming off the eastbound exit ramp from Interstate 4 in a four-door Toyota.

As Davis pulled onto Alexander Street, the Navigator slammed into the car's passenger side and pushed it into a concrete barrier, police said. Davis, who was up early delivering newspapers, died at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Police determined Carvajal ran a red light just before the crash, authorities said. She was going 55 mph in a 45 mph zone.

After hitting Davis' car, the Navigator kept going, hitting a pedestrian walk sign, a water main, a set of shrubs and a palm tree before coming to a stop.

Carvajal was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where authorities administered a blood test. The results of the test were not disclosed Friday.

She was arrested about 10 a.m. Thursday at the Simmons Career Center, where she is a student, according to jail records. The Plant City school offers accelerated career training for students who are more than a year behind in their high school courses.

It was unclear where Carvajal, who was 16 at the time of the crash, was headed that Wednesday morning. The SUV belonged to her mother, the Plant City Observer reported. Carvajal has no other driving citations in Florida, according to state records.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Contact Dan Sullivan at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386. Follow @TimesDan.

Plant City teen charged with DUI manslaughter in February crash 08/22/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 22, 2014 7:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa Chamber of Commerce announces small business winners


    TAMPA — The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce selected the winners of the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards at a ceremony Wednesday night at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. More than 600 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Tampa Bay's small business community.

    Vincent Cassidy, president and CEO of Majesty Title Services, was named Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

  2. UF president Kent Fuchs: 'Charlottesville changed everything' (w/video)


    GAINESVILLE — Wednesday evening, hazy rumors of an impending Neo-Nazi march reached some wary protesters. A few quickly rallied to denounce the marchers in downtown Gainesville, only to find plazas empty but for police.

    University of Florida President W. Kent Fuchs talks with reporters Wednesday about white nationalist Richard Spencer's planned speech on Thursday. He said of Spencer: "In a small way, he is causing us to redouble our focus on supporting actions that are the opposite of what he wants." [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. Kenya vote chief says 'difficult' to have credible election


    NAIROBI, Kenya — It is "difficult to guarantee a free, fair and credible election" in Kenya's fresh presidential vote just eight days away despite "full technical preparedness," the head of the election commission said Wednesday as another wave of uncertainty swept through East Africa's largest economy.

  4. International array of artists chosen as finalists for Pier project

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — A diverse group of six artists will compete for a chance to install their work at the city's multimillion-dollar Pier District, expected to open in early 2019.

  5. Former Jabil executive's fate in hands of murder trial jury


    LARGO — For a second time, Patrick Evans' future is in the hands of a jury.

    Patrick Evans talks with Allison Miller, one of his three public defenders, before jury selection this w eek. Evans, a former Jabil executive charged with killing his estranged wife and her friend almost 10 years ago, is back in court for a second trial after his original death sentence conviction was overturned by the Florida Supreme Court. JIM DAMASKE   |   Times