Friday, February 23, 2018
Public safety

Tampa man charged with DUI manslaughter in pedestrian death

TAMPA — A man who was charged earlier this week with DUI in connection with a crash that killed a Tampa pedestrian is now facing a manslaughter charge.

Traffic homicide detectives determined there was enough evidence to charge Paul Kent Clark with DUI manslaughter in the death of Leroy Woods Jr., officials said. Clark was re-arrested Friday and is being held in jail without bail.

The accident happened about 1:30 a.m. Monday as Clark was heading north on N 15th Street in a Dodge Ram pickup, police said. As the truck approached the intersection of E 26th Avenue, Woods, 40, stepped into the street, heading east.

Clark did not see Woods and ran into him with the truck, police said. Woods was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.

Clark, who officers noted had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, had been arrested three times before on DUI charges, police said. He was booked into jail Monday on a felony DUI charge and freed on $2,000 bail before being re-arrested Friday.

Results of blood-alcohol tests are still pending, officials said.

As part of the investigation, detectives looked at an interview Clark gave to Bay News 9 following his release from jail on the initial DUI charge. In that interview, Clark admitted he had been drunk and expressed regret about Woods' death.

"I had had a couple drinks," Clark was quoted saying. "I'm really, really sorry because I didn't see him until the last moment."

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