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Tampa man accused of DUI manslaughter in April crash

Published Jun. 20, 2013

TAMPA — A Tampa man was arrested Thursday and faces a DUI manslaughter charge and other counts in an April 28 crash that killed a Brooksville woman.

Jamie Coffey, 29, was driving a 2006 Dodge Magnum, Florida Highway Patrol records show, when he ran a red light and struck a car in the intersection of Fletcher and Nebraska avenues.

Coffey's car flipped several times. Neither he nor his passenger, Christina Stoddard, 24, were wearing seat belts, the patrol said, and Stoddard was thrown from the car. Both were taken to Tampa General Hospital, and Stoddard died two days later.

The driver of the other car, a 1992 Jaguar, was hospitalized with minor injuries.

Coffey's blood-alcohol level measured 0.18, the patrol said. The state considers a driver impaired at 0.08 percent.

Troopers arrested Coffey on Thursday and booked him into the Orient Road jail, where he remained without bail. Investigators waited for toxicology results before arresting him.

In addition to the DUI manslaughter charge, he also faces charges of vehicular homicide, driving with a license suspended or revoked resulting in death, DUI property damage and DUI bodily injury.

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