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Hudson man charged in crash that killed woman in April

HUDSON — Joel Ray Derksen was drunk and driving between 96 and 103 mph in a 45 mph zone when he caused an April crash that killed his passenger, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Derksen, 27, was arrested Thursday and charged with DUI causing death and DUI causing damage to property. His blood alcohol level was 0.158, nearly twice the threshold at which state law presumes impairment.

About 2:30 a.m. April 14, Derksen was headed east on Hudson Avenue approaching Pavilion Drive when the road curved and he lost control of his 2003 Subaru sedan, an FHP report states. The car veered off the road, hit a tree and overturned.

Marcella Marie Martin, 25, of Hudson, was pronounced dead about 3 a.m. at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Another passenger, Philip Manuli, 27, of Holiday, suffered serious injuries.

Both Martin and Manuli were thrown from the car, which landed on its roof. They did not wear seat belts.

Derksen, who was wearing a seat belt, had minor injuries, officials said. Derksen, of 10501 Woodland Ave. in Hudson, is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $20,500 bail.