FHP: Tampa man, 21, arrested for DUI manslaughter after crash kills 20-year-old passenger

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TAMPA (WFLA) — Troopers said a 20-year-old Tampa woman was killed in the passenger seat of a car after the impaired driver, a 21-year-old Tampa man, crashed into a turning vehicle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, James Curtis Whatley was speeding east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and approaching Interstate 75.

A truck heading the other way turned to enter the I-75 southbound ramp but was hit by Whatley’s car. Troopers said Whatley was speeding and impaired.

Whatley’s passenger, a 20-year-old woman, died in the crash. Whatley was arrested for DUI manslaughter.


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