Troopers: Drunk driver stops on I-75 in Sarasota, causing fatal crash that killed 63-year-old woman

Troopers: Drunk driver stops on I-75 in Sarasota, causing fatal crash that killed 63-year-old woman
(Sarasota County Sheriff's Office)

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Florida Highway Patrol says a man under the influence stopped on I-75 South, causing an accident that killed a 63-year-old Florida woman.

On Sunday, April 14 around 2:05 a.m. Nicalos Simpson, 26, of North Port was driving a 2016 Chrysler 200 when he stopped southbound on I-75 near the Clark Road exit in the middle of the lane, according to FHP.

FHP says Christopher Marquez, 30, of LeHigh Acres was driving a 2007 Nissa Sentra with 63-year-old Petruska Marquez, also of LeHigh Aces, in the passenger seat. FHP says Marquez didn’t see Simpson in the middle lane and wasn’t able to stop in time.

Christopher Marquez crashed into the back of Simpson. FHP says there were debris and skid marks on all lanes of I-75, including the paved shoulders.

Christopher Marquez has been hospitalized with serious injuries. Petruska Marquez was pronounced deceased at Doctors Hospital.

Simpson is charged with disabled vehicle obstructing traffic, DUI manslaughter, DUI serious bodily injury, and DUI Property Damage. FHP says Simpson did not suffer any injuries.

No other information has been released.

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