Tampa man charged with DUI manslaughter in fatal wrong-way crash

Published Oct. 9, 2014

TAMPA — A Tampa man was charged Tuesday with DUI manslaughter in connection with an Aug. 10 fatal wrong-way crash near Thonotosassa, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Jesus M. Ronduelas, 27, was driving north in the southbound lanes of U.S. 301 near Stacy Road about 10 p.m. when his Ford F-250 pickup truck collided head-on with an Acura TSX that was traveling in the right direction, troopers said.

The Acura driver, Larry Sillaway, 27, of Summerfield, died at the scene. A passenger, Dawn Marie Edgerton, 30, of Zephyrhills, suffered minor injuries.

Ronduelas also had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital, where he admitted he had been drinking and volunteered a blood sample, an arrest report stated.

Tests found Ronduelas' blood-alcohol level was 0.146 percent. The level in Florida at which a driver is presumed impaired is 0.08 percent.

Authorities arrested Ronduelas at his home on DUI manslaughter, DUI with property damage and driving without a valid driver's license charges. He was being held Wednesday on $750 bond.