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Speeding, impaired Pasco driver causes fatal U.S. 19 crash, troopers say

The impact overturned both vehicles, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Now a Hudson man faces a charge of DUI manslaughter.
Ryan Allen, 32, faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Ryan Allen, 32, faces a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. [ Pasco County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Apr. 6
Updated Apr. 6

HUDSON — A 60-year-old man was killed and a 63-year-old woman seriously injured early Tuesday when a speeding, impaired driver slammed a pickup truck into the back of their car on U.S. 19, troopers say, sending both vehicles tumbling.

Ryan Allen, 32, of Hudson, was arrested on a charge of DUI manslaughter, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 2:21 a.m. on U.S. 19, south of Briar Oaks Drive.

Allen was driving a GMC Sierra pickup in a “careless manner” and speeding south in the outside lane of U.S. 19, according to the arrest report.

He overtook and rear-ended a Kia Optima carrying two people from Brooksville, troopers say. Allen’s pickup spun, struck a light pole and overturned, according to the Highway Patrol. The Brooksville man’s car also overturned.

The Brooksville man was taken to the hospital, where troopers say he died. The 63-year-old woman suffered serious injuries. Both wore seatbelts. Allen, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was also injured.

Allen failed a field sobriety test at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, where he was treated, the arrest report said. He was arrested and taken to the Pasco County jail. He had a blood-alcohol content level of 0.093 and 0.091 and investigators are awaiting test results of his blood sample, according to the report. Florida law presumes a driver is impaired at 0.08 or greater.

He also faces three misdemeanor charges and was being held in the county jail in lieu of $53,000 bail.

The Highway Patrol did not release the man and woman from Brooksville because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.