Sarasota, FL (April 14, 2019) - A woman died after being involved in a crash with a suspected impaired driver on Sunday, April 14th. The incident took place along Interstate 75, near the interchange with Clark Road, around 2:00 a.m.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old North Port woman stopped her 2016 Chrysler 200 in the southbound lanes of I-75. A 30-year-old man from Lehigh Acres approached directly behind the Chrysler. Police have identified a passenger in the Sentra as 63-year-old Petruska E. Marquez, from Lehigh Acres. The Sentra was unable to stop in time to avoid crashing into the Chrysler.
Both vehicles veered across the roadway after impact. The Chrysler came to rest against a guardrail and the Sentra ended up facing northbound. Marquez was killed in the crash. The 30-year-old Sentra driver also suffered serious injuries. The driver of the Chrysler was cited for DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury, and DUI causing property damage.
Our thoughts and condolences are with the family of Petruska Marquez during this difficult time. Impaired driving is a very irresponsible and selfish decision made by many drivers across our state. The consequences of driving while under the influence are often sudden and irreversible. Making the mistake of getting behind the wheel after you have had too much to drink puts everyone at risk of becoming an innocent crash victim.
At Rubenstein Law, our Florida car accident attorneys have frequently seen the negative effects of drunk drivers on our roadways. We understand the pain and frustration that comes with losing a family member in a DUI crash. Our Florida wrongful death attorneys are here to help if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation.
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