Wrong-Way Driver Faces Charges in Hillsborough Crash, FHP Says
The woman also hit a good Samaritan who stopped to help, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Thonotosassa woman was arrested early Saturday (Aug. 13) after driving the wrong way and twice crashing, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Yadixa Rodriguez, 45, of 12018 Hazen Ave. in Thonotosassa, was charged with one count each of DUI with property damage, refusal to submit to testing and battery, according to Hillsborough jail records.
FHP troopers said the incident happened about 11 p.m. Friday (Aug. 12) when Rodriguez was driving a 2005 Nissan Altima west on Hillsborough Avenue approaching the intersection of Benjamin Road. Rodriguez veered to the left, crossing over the curbed median into the eastbound lanes of Hillsborough. Troopers said she continued to drive west in the eastbound lanes until she veered to the right to avoid a head-on collision. Instead, she hit a traffic control signal in the center median at the intersection of Hillsborough and Benjamin.
She continued driving west, troopers said, until she neared stopped traffic. She again veered to the right in another attempt to avoid a collision. This time, troopers said, she hit a 2010 BMW 328i driven by Cheryl Segreto, 43, of St. Petersburg. After the impact, troopers said she hit a good Samaritan who stopped to help her from her car.
Segreto was uninjured. A passenger in her car, Karen Slaugenhaupt, 49, also of St. Petersburg, received minor injuries.
Troopers said Rodriguez refused to undergo a test to measuere the alcohol content of her blood.
For information about the FHP, go to flhsmv.gov.
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