Clearwater, FL (January 25, 2021) - Two people were killed in a crash involving a suspected impaired driver in Clearwater. The collision was reported just after 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 23rd.
Police and rescue workers responded to the accident scene on the Bayside Bridge. According to a report, 29-year-old Shaniqua Zaneta Holte was driving a 2019 Nissan Altima in the southbound lanes of the bridge when she lost control of her car and collided head-on with a 2018 Qipai motorcycle and a Nissan Rogue that were traveling northbound. The motorcycle came to rest on the east side of the bridge while the Rogue came to rest in the southbound lanes. Holte's passenger, a 29-year-old woman from Largo, and a 50-year-old Palm Harbor man on the motorcycle were killed in the accident. They have not been identified at this time. The driver of the Rogue was not injured.
Following an investigation, troopers determined that Holte had a BAC of .191, more than twice the legal limit. She was arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular homicide.
According to statistics, there are more than 5,000 alcohol-related crashes reported annually in Florida. On average, more than 400 people are killed in Florida DUI crashes. The proportion of victims who are injured or killed in crashes involving impaired drivers is far greater than those same numbers in crashes where drugs and alcohol are not a factor. DUI drivers pose a great risk of danger for all other motorists on the roadway.
We wish to extend our condolences to the victims' families following this fatal accident in Clearwater.
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