ZEPHYRHILLS — Troopers said they have arrested a Zephyrhills man who was drunk when he slammed into the back of a sedan on State Road 54 nearly a year ago, killing two women.
Jonathan Ryan Haynes, 36, was taken into custody Monday and charged with two counts each of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter, among other charges, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Haynes was driving an Infiniti G37 west at a high rate speed about 2 a.m. on July 29 when he crashed into the back of a westbound 2002 Oldsmobile Intrigue, troopers said. The force of the crash caused both cars to overturn.
The driver of the Oldsmobile, Hannah Marie Nelson of Dade City, and a passenger, Ashley Aaron Plummer of Zephyrhills, were killed. Both women were 24. Neither was wearing a seatbelt and Plummer was ejected from the car, troopers said.
Two passengers in the Oldsmobile, 21-year-old Jade Mackinzie Bruce and 17-year-old Maddison Paige Bruce, both of Zephyrhills, were seriously injured.
Haynes, who wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was also seriously injured and taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center. An investigation revealed he had a blood alcohol level of .23, troopers said. Under Florida law, a driver is presumed to be impaired at a level of .08 or higher.
Haynes was booked into the Pasco County jail on a total of 10 charges including two counts of DUI resulting in injury, two counts of DUI resulting in property damage and careless driving. Bail information was not immediately available Tuesday.
Records show that in 2017, Haynes pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance and petty theft in Hillsborough County and was sentenced to a year of probation.
Senior news researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Contact Tony Marrero at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 226-3374. Follow @tmarrerotimes.