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Deadly 1-4 crash leads to DUI manslaughter accusation

PLANT CITY — A Lakeland woman has been charged with driving under the influence manslaughter, nearly two months after she was involved in a deadly crash on Interstate 4.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Kiesha Lacole Montoya, 26, was driving in the outside westbound lane of I-4 near Branch Forbes Road at 1:39 a.m. Sept. 8. She was driving faster than the sport utility vehicle in front of her when she rear-ended the 2004 Buick Rendezvous, troopers said.

The collision pushed the SUV onto the shoulder and it overturned — ejecting the rear seat passenger. One of the Rendezvous passengers, James Dennis Clyatt, 30, of Lakeland, died from his injuries at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Another passenger, Linda Garzoria, 27, of Lakeland, had serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.

Investigators determined that Montoya's blood alcohol content was .21 at the time of the crash. Drivers are considered impaired in Florida when the blood alcohol reaches .08.

Montoya, who describes herself as a Wing House server in jail records, was charged Monday with DUI manslaughter and DUI with property damage or serious injury Monday.

She was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where she was held on $25,500 bail.