TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — A passenger in a car was killed on Interstate 75 in Tampa Tuesday night when an intoxicated driver slammed into the vehicle at a high rate of speed, authorities said.
The crash occurred at about 10:15 p.m. in the northbound lanes of I-75 near Fletcher Avenue.
The Florida Highway Patrol said Michael Troy Jones, 31, was driving a Honda Accord at a high rate of speed when he overtook a Chevy Cruz and crashed into the vehicle.
The Cruz was sent spinning into the median and hit a tree. Jones’ vehicle went onto the shoulder and struck a light pole. One or both of the vehicles hit a Toyota Corolla in the process, the Highway Patrol said.
Police said a passenger in the Cruz, a 25-year-old Zephyrhills woman, died at the scene. The car’s driver, a 25-year-old Zephyrhills man, suffered serious injuries.
Jones and his passenger suffered minor injuries, and so did the driver and passenger in the Corolla.
Jones was arrested for DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious injury, then booked into a Hillsborough County Jail, according to the Highway Patrol.
Further information was not immediately available.