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FHP: Riverview man drove drunk, killed 2 motorcyclists

Benson Craig Johnston, 34, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a crash that killed two motorcyclists Saturday night. [Courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Benson Craig Johnston, 34, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and fleeing the scene of a crash that killed two motorcyclists Saturday night. [Courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office]
Published Apr. 15, 2018

RIVERVIEW — A man and woman are dead after a drunk driver crashed into their motorcycle Saturday night before leaving the scene, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Benson Craig Johnston, 34, faces charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash.

Troopers identified the male victim, who was driving the motorcycle, as 37-year-old Kerry Jason Webb of Riverview. The female victim was 25-year-old Angelina Elizabeth Torrey of Valrico.

According to the FHP, Johnston was driving a 2009 Lexus RX350 south on U.S. 301 towards Johanna Avenue about 9:35 p.m. At the same time, Webb and Torrey were riding northbound on the highway. Johnston tried to turn left onto Johanna Avenue as the motorcycle entered the intersection, and the vehicles collided.

The two victims were ejected from the motorcycle and landed on the road. Both were wearing helmets at the time, the FHP reported, but Webb died at the scene. Responders took Torrey to Brandon Regional Hospital, where she later died.

Johnston fled the crash on foot, troopers reported, and went to his home on the 10800 block of Lake St. Charles Boulevard.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies found him there and brought him back to the accident scene, where he was arrested.

Johnston is being held without bond in the Hillsborough County Jail.

Contact Langston Taylor at 727-893-8659 or Follow @langstonitaylor.


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