Largo Police Charge St. Pete Man with DUI Manslaughter
He is also accused of leaving the scene of a crash that killed two a stranded driver and a good Samaritan.
LARGO – A St. Petesburg man has been accused of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash that killed a stranded motorist and the driver who stopped to help her, according to the Largo Police Department.
Debbie Savanpanyadeth and Somsack Khamvongsa died of their injuries at a hospital where they were taken after the crash.
Cesar Gonzalez-Calderon, 25, of St. Petersburg, was charged Friday (July 7) with two counts each of vehicular homicide/DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, and operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license causing a death. He was also taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash happened about 9:54 p.m. May 12 in the emergency lane of southbound U.S. 19 near the intersection of Central Avenue. Ms. Savanpanyadeth’s vehicle was broken down and Mr. Khamvongsa stopped his vehicle in front of hers to help.
Police said both were outside their vehicles when a southbound 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Gonzalez-Calderon crossed the fog line and entered the emergency lane. Gonzalez-Calderon’s SUV struck both the other vehicles as well as both drivers. Calderon got out of his SUV and left the scene. A K-9 officer found him a short distance away.
Gonzalez-Calderon had to be released that night pending DNA and toxicology reports. Officers said toxicology and DNA reports were received last week that showed Gonzalez-Calderon had a blood alcohol level more than double the legal limit. DNA placed Calderon in the driver’s seat.
For information about the Largo police, go to largo.com.
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