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Seffner man accused of DUI manslaughter in fatal December crash

TAMPA — The driver in a December collision on Interstate 275 that killed two passengers faces DUI manslaughter charges.

That man, Louis Alberto Garcia, 21, was driving a car north on I-275 near Lois Avenue at about 5 a.m. Dec. 28 when he changed lanes and collided with the side of a sport utility vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Garcia's car and the SUV went out of control onto the shoulder of the interstate. Both vehicles flipped several times and hit a construction company's shipping container about 75 feet from the roadway, the patrol said.

The two passengers in Garcia's car later died. They were Christopher Spencer, 23, and Brandunn Lee Sanchez, 19.

Troopers continued to investigate and announced Wednesday they had found that Garcia, of Seffner, had been under the influence of cannabis and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, the level at which the state presumes impairment.

He was arrested Wednesday morning on two counts of DUI manslaughter, three counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, two counts of DUI with property damage and one count of DUI. He was held without bail in the Hillsborough County jail.

He was also cited for an improper lane change, the patrol said.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

Seffner man accused of DUI manslaughter in fatal December crash 03/06/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 11:12pm]
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