Five people were killed Saturday in three separate crashes on interstate highways around Tampa Bay, beginning with a two-car crash in the emergency lane of the Howard Frankland Bridge that troopers said was caused by a drunken driver.
The first wreck was just after midnight when Sheila McDonald Davis' 1993 Mitsubishi became disabled in a westbound emergency lane on the bridge. As Davis, 43, of 3525 40th St. S, inspected the engine, a car slammed into her car from behind.
The second car, a 1998 Dodge being driven by Kristin Renee Fagerlund, 26, of 15501 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. in Tampa, pushed the Mitsubishi over Davis, killing her. Also killed was Alfonza Bradberry, 58, of 3922 10th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, who was inside the Mitsubishi.
Fagerlund, who was not injured, was charged with two counts of DUI-manslaughter and booked into the Pinellas County Jail. Her bail is set at $70,000.
It is the second time in a year that Fagerlund has been charged with drunken driving. In August 1997, her license was suspended for six months after a June drunken driving arrest, state records show. In April 1997, she was ticketed for careless driving when she rear-ended a car.
Bradberry's daughter, Debra, said her father, who worked for Kane's Furniture in Pinellas Park, was a "great dad and a loving husband" to his wife, Louella. She said her parents had been married for 30 years. Debra Bradberry said she knew Davis as a friend of her father's but did not know where the two had been Friday night.
Davis' sister, Terry Edwards, described her as the member of the family "who always remembered everybody with extravagant gifts. She was very loving and giving," Edwards said. Davis, who was divorced, was a health care provider.
Three hours after the first wreck, a 23-year-old man was killed and two people seriously injured on Interstate 4 at the Orient Road exit in eastern Hillsborough County.
The Florida Highway Patrol said a 1995 Chevrolet Camaro going east on I-4 at 3:35 a.m. ran into the back of a 1997 Toyota in front of it. The bump caused the driver of the Camaro, Jennifer Martin, 19, of Lakeland, to lose control.
The Camaro flipped end over end into the median, and Martin and her two passengers were ejected. Josh Nicola, 23, of Middleburg, near Jacksonville, was killed. Martin and passenger Scott Schutt, 23, of Panama City, were taken to Tampa General Hospital, where Schutt was in critical condition Saturday night. Martin was listed in fair condition.
Two passengers in the Toyota were also injured, according to the Highway Patrol, but their conditions were not available Saturday night. Troopers were still investigating that crash Saturday, and no charges had been filed.
About 10 hours later, a mid-afternoon accident on Interstate 75 in Tampa killed two drivers and closed the interstate for several hours.
About 1:20 p.m., Aaron J. Korotie, a 17-year-old Sarasota resident, was driving north on I-75 near U.S. 301 when he tried to change lanes, reports said. But Korotie tried to turn into an adjoining lane right when another car was veering into the same lane, so the teen swerved off the road to try and avoid a collision.
When Korotie tried turning back into the roadway, he bumped another car and ricocheted across the median into oncoming traffic.
Once in the southbound lanes Korotie collided head-on with a Volvo driven by Manuel Alfredo Ramos, 43, of Cape Coral. Ramos and Korotie were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, reports said. Ramos' passengers, Arie and Elizabeth Dosoretz, 18 and 15, escaped with minor injuries.
_ Times staff writers Rob Nelson and Valerie Carino and researcher Kitty Bennett contributed to this report.
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