St. Pete man arrested on DUI manslaughter charge in fatal December crash

Published Jan. 26, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG — A man accused of causing a three-car accident that killed an 81-year-old man in Pinellas Park was arrested Saturday on a warrant charging him in the man's death.

Tracy D. Garon, 58, faces multiple charges, including DUI-manslaughter and vehicular homicide, in the Dec. 9 death of Charles A. Berry.

Garon was southbound on 49th Street in a 1973 Rolls-Royce when he ran a red light at 62nd Avenue, according to Pinellas Park police.

At the same time, Charles Berry was eastbound through the intersection in a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis with his wife, Carol Berry, 77, in the passenger seat. A third car, a 1997 Toyota Corolla, was westbound through the intersection.

The three cars collided.

Charles Berry was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Northside Hospital, where he died, police said. His wife and the driver of the Corolla, Carol Cherry, 67, were also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Garon was treated at the scene for minor injuries, police said. Authorities said alcohol might have been a factor in the crash, but refrained from arresting Garon until a traffic investigation was complete.

Pinellas County sheriff's deputies arrested Garon, of St. Petersburg, just after midnight Saturday at his home. He was booked in the Pinellas County Jail and held on $119,500 bail.