Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Troopers: Drunken 42-year-old Hudson man flees scene after crashing into two on motorcycle

HUDSON — Troopers arrested a 42-year-old man who had been driving while intoxicated and fled the scene of a crash that sent two motorcyclists to the hospital Thursday, officials said.

Michael Andrew Del-Freo, 42, of Hudson was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury.

Del-Freo was pulling out of a Sonoco gas station at 14316 U.S. 19, just before 11:45 p.m., when he drove into the path of an oncoming motorcycle, troopers said.

The motorcycle collided with the driver's side door of Del-Freo's Kia sedan, ejecting the two riders, officials said.

Gary S. Thomas, 62, and Janet M. Nash, 48, were thrown from the motorcycle into the street. Neither was wearing a helmet, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

But Del-Freo didn't stick around to see if the two motorcyclists were okay, officials said. He drove to his home at 14019 Shoal Drive, where he was arrested.

Thomas and Nash were taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center, where they remained in critical condition.

A breath-alcohol test showed Del-Freo had a concentration level of .148 to .153 — nearly twice the legal limit of .08 at which the state presumes a driver to be impaired.

An investigation is ongoing.

Troopers: Drunken 42-year-old Hudson man flees scene after crashing into two on motorcycle 01/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, January 27, 2012 3:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Polk County officials urge owner to remove pet buried at public park

    Human Interest

    Lake Wales city officials are looking for the owner who buried their dead dog in a public park.

    Lake Wales city officials are looking for the owner who buried their dead dog in a public park. [Facebook]
  2. Would you let your company implant a chip in you?

    Working Life

    Would you ask an employee to get a chip implanted in her hand? Sounds invasive and intrusive. But come Aug. 1, one company in Wisconsin will be giving it a try.

    Three Square Market - a developer of software used in vending machines - is offering all of its employees the option to get a microchip implanted between the thumb and forefinger. [Photo from video]
  3. Florida taxpayers to shoulder $1.1 million in legal fees over 'docs vs. glocks' law

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida will pay $1.1 million in legal fees to attorneys who challenged a controversial state law that sought to prevent doctors from asking patients about guns, a group representing opponents said Monday.

    Gov. Rick Scott signed the 2011 law after it "was approved by a large, bipartisan majority in the Florida Legislature," a spokesman said Monday.
[Photo by Joe Raedle | Getty Images]
  4. Daniel Lipton resigns as artistic director of Opera Tampa

    Stage

    TAMPA — Daniel Lipton has resigned as artistic director of Opera Tampa, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts announced.

    Daniel Lipton became the artistic director and conductor of Opera Tampa in 2012. Lipton replaced the opera's only previous director, Anton Coppola, who retired. [Times file (2012)]
  5. Two Ricks deliver video to AARP voter guide

    Blogs

    Last week, AARP Florida was a little ticked off that neither Mayor Rick Kriseman or former mayor Rick Baker had delivered video responses to a voter education campaign.

    The two Ricks have delivered their AARP videos