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Tampa woman charged with DUI manslaughter, child neglect in Largo wrong-way crash

Police say the woman was speeding, was impaired and was driving the wrong way with a child in the car with her.

A Tampa woman is facing a number of felony charges in connection with a wrong-way crash in Largo early Sunday morning in which a person was killed and two children were injured.

Britney Lynn Crawford, 27, faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, child neglect and DUI causing serious injury.

Largo police said the crash occurred about 2:15 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 19 N near 66th Street N. Law enforcement received calls that a 2014 Nissan Murano was traveling south in the northbound lanes. The driver of the car, who was speeding, passed two marked Pinellas sheriff’s office vehicles, arrest reports state.

Law enforcement tried to pull the driver over, but could not before the Murano ran head on into another vehicle. The front seat passenger in that vehicle was killed. The driver suffered a serious leg injury that required 12 staples, reports state.

A 10-year-old child in the back seat of the vehicle that was hit was hospitalized with a lacerated liver and bruising to the child’s lungs and intestines, reports state.

The names of the people hurt and killed were not released by police.

Police found Crawford unconscious in the Murano after the crash. She was taken by helicopter to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. She also had a child in the Murano with her who was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons, reports state. Information about the age of the child and their relationship to Crawford was redacted from reports.

Officers noted that Crawford smelled of alcohol and they found two open cans of Truly Hard Seltzer in the Murano. Blood drawn at the hospital showed her alcohol content to be .202, reports state. Florida law presumes impairment at .08.

Crawford was released from the hospital later that morning and booked at the Pinellas County jail. Bail was set at $70,000 which she posted the next morning to be released.

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