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Tampa man turns himself in on DUI manslaughter charge

TAMPA — A Tampa man turned himself in on a DUI manslaughter charge Tuesday in connection with an Oct. 30 crash that killed a woman.

Tampa police say Ingram Edmond Ferguson, 44, ran a red light at Hillsborough and Nebraska avenues and hit a truck driven by Yo Sandi Linares-Ortiz of Plant City.

Ferguson's blood-alcohol level was .296, police said, more than three times the limit at which state law presumes impairment. Besides the DUI manslaughter charge, he faces two counts of driving under the influence with property damage. Bail was set at $52,000.

At about 4 a.m. Oct. 30, Linares-Ortiz was eastbound on Hillsborough Avenue in a Dodge pickup, police said. As she entered the intersection, Ferguson's Ford pickup hit the driver's side of her vehicle.

Ferguson's truck then hit a car driven by Clarence Inman, 78, police said. In the collision, Linares-Ortiz's truck also hit a Toyota that was stopped at the traffic light. The Toyota's driver, Raquel Casanova, 68, suffered minor injuries.

Linares-Ortiz died later at St. Joseph's Hospital.

A passenger in Ferguson's truck, Marcus Dorfield, 45, of Tampa, was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Ferguson also suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police initially reported they were investigating witness statements that Ferguson ran a red light. They also said they were investigating to determine if alcohol was involved.

Authorities drew Ferguson's blood when he was at the hospital, and the results came back Wednesday and an arrest warrant was issued.

Times news researchers Shirl Kennedy and Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Tampa man turns himself in on DUI manslaughter charge 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:41pm]
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