Citrus County mother’s DUI crash kills her 3-year-old daughter, injures 3 other children

Citrus County

CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 3-year-old girl was killed and three other children were seriously injured after a mother crashed a car while drinking and driving in Citrus County Sunday morning, officials said.

The crash occurred Sunday around 1:36 a.m.

The Florida Highway Patrol said a 25-year-old female driver from Beverly Hills was driving a “sports utility vehicle” with five passengers — a 40-year-old man, 15-year-old girl, 16-year-old boy, 16-year-old girl, and 3-year-old girl.

As the car was traveling along North Jill Avenue, the woman failed to follow the curve of the roadway near West Cave Court and crashed head-on into a tree.

The crash killed the 3-year-old child, who FHP said was not wearing a restraint. The 15-year-old girl was the only one in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt, FHP said.

The three surviving children all suffered serious injuries.

Authorities determined that the driver and mother of the 3-year-old child, Shelby Gabrielle Collazo, was drunk when driving. She has been charged with DUI manslaughter and four courts of child neglect. She was transported to the Citrus County Jail.


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