Tampa Woman Arrested After DUI Crash Kills Her Passenger

K. Juarez, 23, of Tampa was arrested for DUI manslaughter in connection with a DUI crash that killed another Tampa woman in January. She is facing DUI manslaughter charges according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

On Jan. 2, Juarez was driving a 2006 Ford F-150 truck, which she crashed into a concrete barrier along the Interstate 275, near Interstate 4 at around midnight, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Two hours after the crash, a test determined that her blood alcohol content was .074%.

The truck rolled over several times before coming to a rest, ejecting K. Tapia, 24, who was the only passenger that was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. She was transported to Tampa General Hospital, where she died as a result of her injuries.

What are the penalties for DUI manslaughter?

In Florida, manslaughter and vehicular homicide are covered under Sec. 316.196(3), F.S. Under this Section, DUI/manslaughter is a second degree felony, punishable by:

  • A fine not to exceed $10,000, or
  • Up to 15 years in prison, or both.

If a drunk driver is involved in an accident and another person dies, and the drunk driver flees the scene of the accident, they will be charged with DUI manslaughter/leaving the scene.

If someone is convicted of fleeing the scene of a DUI crash where someone dies, he or she faces first degree felony charges, up to a $10,000 fine, or up to 30 years in prison, or both.

Contact Thomas & Paulk today!

If you are facing DUI manslaughter charges, you are urged to contact the Tampa DUI defense attorneys at Thomas & Paulk right away. Both of our attorneys are former prosecutors who have collectively handled over 7,000 criminal cases.

Call (813) 321-7323 to schedule your free initial case evaluation. When your future is on the line, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose by reaching out to our dedicated legal team.