DADE CITY — A 22-year-old woman faces two counts of DUI manslaughter nearly a year after troopers said she caused the collision that killed two motorcyclists.
Brooke Aline Everett was arrested Wednesday at her Dade City home, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The arrest report doesn’t say why she was arrested 11 months after the incident. It does detail how the crash unfolded and what investigators uncovered.
The collision took place on March 24. Everett was driving a Nissan Rogue north on Fort King Road about 7 p.m., halfway between Dade City and Zephyrhills.
Approaching on southbound Fort King Road were two Dade City residents riding a Honda Goldwing GL1200 motorcycle: John Jay Ward, 55, and Patricia Pisa, 49.
Everett passed a pickup truck on the two-lane Fort King Road while approaching the intersection of Bozeman Road, troopers said, then lost control when she tried to get back into the northbound lane.
The Nissan hit the eastbound shoulder and started rotating counter-clockwise in the roadway, troopers said. Then it skidded into southbound Fort King Road and entered the path of the oncoming motorcycle. The front of the motorcycle struck the right driver’s side of the Nissan, according to the Highway Patrol.
Ward, who was operating the motorcycle, died at the scene of the crash. His passenger, Pisa, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa for emergency medical treatment. She died of her injuries on April, 9. Both were wearing helmets.
Everett and two passengers in the Nissan, both 20, were not injured. All three were wearing seatbelts.
After the crash, troopers said they spoke to Everett and said she admitted to driving the Nissan. Troopers said they found that the Nissan had a trailer tire attached to the left rear axle shaft — rendering the vehicle “unsafe to drive.”
Everett also showed signs of impairment, troopers said. She provided a blood sample, which the Highway Patrol said showed she had amphetamines and methamphetamines in her system at the time.
She was booked into the Land O’ Lakes Detention Center, where she was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. She was also cited for careless driving and faulty equipment.