Cab Driver Charged with DUI Manslaughter in 38th Avenue Crash
His passenger died from injuries she suffered in the Jan. 27 crash, St. Petersburg police said.
ST. PETERSBURG – A taxi cab driver whose passenger died of injuries suffered in a chain reaction crash on 38th Avenue N is facing 10 misdemeanor and two felony charges, the St. Petersburg Police Department said.
David Yancey, 47, is being extradited from Ocala to Pinellas County. Yancey faces charges of Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter in addition to three DUI Crash with Injury charges and seven DUI Crash with Property Damage charges in connection with the crash and the death of Heather Scozzaro, 40.
Yancey was driving a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria Express Taxi on Jan. 27 when he rear ended a 2018 Chevrolet Tahoe that was stopped at 38th Ave N and 49th Street N. Police said this caused a chain reaction and ultimately four additional vehicles that were stopped at the red light were hit. The Tahoe hit a 2017 Ford Escape and a 2017 Chevrolet SS. The Ford Escape was pushed into a 2014 Kia Optima and the Kia Optima was pushed into a 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe.
Three of the other drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to area hospitals.
Yancey and Ms. Scozzaro suffered serious injuries and were taken to Bayfront Health St Petersburg, where Ms. Scozzaro died. Yancey and Ms. Scozzaro were not wearing seatbelts.
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