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Spring Hill man charged with DUI manslaughter in death of twin brother

BROOKSVILLE — A 23-year-old Spring Hill man who was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle that rolled over a year ago, killing his twin brother, is now facing a felony DUI manslaughter charge.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Chase William Walker surrendered at the Hernando County Detention Center on Monday after a warrant for his arrest was issued. He was released after posting $30,000 bail.

At the time of the crash, the FHP suspected that Walker might be under the influence of alcohol and took a blood sample from him. Lab results showed that he was intoxicated, according to the FHP, though his blood-alcohol content was not available Wednesday.

Walker was heading toward his home on Hanford Avenue last October when his Ford Explorer suddenly left the pavement, rolling several times before coming to a stop in a yard. The impact of the crash threw Walker's twin, Chad Walker, out of the vehicle. Chad died from his injuries three days later at Oak Hill Hospital. Another passenger, Michael Gene Sawchuk of Brooksville, sustained minor injuries and was not hospitalized. FHP investigators said that only Chase Walker was wearing a seat belt.

During their high school years, the Walker brothers were well known in sports circles. Both played football and were members of the weight-lifting team at Central High School. After graduating in 2008, the brothers went on to play football for Marietta College in southeastern Ohio.

Contact Logan Neill at lneill@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1435.

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