LAND O’LAKES — A 23-year-old Tarpon Springs man faces a DUI manslaughter charge after he caused a chain reaction crash Sunday that killed a Lutz woman, troopers said.
Cameron S. Frahn was driving a Toyota pickup truck about 4:30 p.m. headed west on State Road 54 near Oak Grove Boulevard when he failed to stop for slowing traffic and crashed into the back of a Kia sport utility vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The force of the collision pushed the Kia into a Toyota sedan, troopers said.
A 79-year-old Lutz woman who was riding in the Kia died from her injuries at a local hospital. The SUV’s driver, a 63-year-old Lutz man, had serious injuries including broken ribs, clavicle and vertebrae, according to an arrest report. The driver of the Toyota, a 20-year-old Tampa man, had minor injuries, troopers said.
While searching Frahn’s truck, a trooper found a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver and an ammunition cannister containing 89 grams of marijuana. During an interview with a trooper at 7 p.m., Frahn admitted the gun and the marijuana were his, the report says.
Frahn also had the odor of alcohol on his breath and appeared intoxicated, according to the report.
“I observed the defendant being carefree, talkative and laughing at times,” the trooper wrote in the report.
Troopers arrested Frahn about 8 p.m. after he performed poorly on sobriety exercises, the report says. After being medically cleared at a local hospital, he was booked into the Pasco County jail on charges of DUI manslaughter, marijuana possession and possessing a firearm while committing a felony.
The Highway Patrol no longer releases the names of crash victims in news releases due to the agency’s application of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to Florida’s Constitution that’s meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records laws.