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Marshals arrest man in Texas wanted in fatal Hillsborough crash

WIMAUMA — More than a year after a crash killed a man in rural southeast Hillsborough County, federal authorities arrested in Texas the man accused of driving drunk.

Daniel Joseph Luckett, 23, was charged last year with DUI manslaughter in connection with the crash that killed 22-year-old Joshua Steven Lewandowski. On Thursday, agents with the U.S. Marshals Service tracked Luckett to Brownwood, Texas, where he was arrested as a fugitive.

The charges against Luckett stem from the crash that happened about 2 a.m. Nov. 1, 2012, as he drove west in a 1999 Volkswagen Jetta on State Road 674 near Chert Rock Trail, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Lewandowski was a passenger.

Luckett lost control on a curve in the road and ran onto the shoulder, where he crashed into a tree, troopers said. He and Lewandowski were taken to hospitals. Lewandowski later died.

An investigation revealed that Luckett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 at the time of the crash, more than double the level at which the state presumes impairment, authorities said. A warrant was issued for his arrest in August, but he was not tracked down until this week.

He remains in Texas awaiting extradition to Hillsborough.

Marshals arrest man in Texas wanted in fatal Hillsborough crash 01/31/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:23pm]
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