Police: Ride-share driver, passenger killed by wrong-way driver at Tampa airport entrance

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A driver faces two charges of DUI manslaughter after a wrong-way crash killed a ride-share driver and the passenger at the entrance of the Tampa International Airport Sunday, Tampa Police Department officials said.

Alexander Jacobson, 30, appeared in court Monday morning.

A judge set his bond at $150,000.

The entrance on the frontage road from I-275 N. closed at 6 a.m. and reopened around 10:30 a.m.

The two killed in the crash, both men, were in the a ride-share vehicle. Police are not releasing their names due to Marsy’s Law.

“Just imagine the violent impact that there is when a head on collision like that occurs. It’s devastating. Families will be at a loss. It affects those families and the community,” police Lt. Gary Neal said.

Jail records show several tests were conducted to determine Jacobson’s blood alcohol content. His BAC came in at .081, .083, .079 and .079, the records show.

In court, the judge did not deny Jacobson the ability to drive. She said he has no priors and mentioned that Jacboson was at Gasparilla events before the crash.

“According to the CRA, he had on Gasparilla beads and a band, and here we are, post-Gasparilla,” Judge Catherine M. Catlin said in court.

Jacobson lives in Land O’Lakes, records show. 8 On Your Side stopped by his home, but no one came to the front door.

This video was taken with 8 On Your Side’s Christine McLarty at 8:00 am Sunday morning.

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