One person dead after single-vehicle crash in Manatee County

Nicholas Rodriguez
Nicholas Rodriguez(Manatee County Sheriff's Office)
Updated: May. 28, 2021 at 9:10 AM EDT
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UPDATE at 9 a.m. with arrest of driver

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - One person is dead after a crash in Manatee County, and a suspect has been charged with DUI manslaughter, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 8 p.m., at 27th Street East and 26th Avenue East.

A vehicle was traveling north on 27th Street East when it traveled off the road, collided with a fence, a pedestrian crosswalk indicator and a utility pole. The vehicle was then engulfed in flames, according to FHP.

The passenger of the vehicle, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver, Nicholas Rodriguez, 33, was taken to Blake Hospital with minor injuries. He was later charged with DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, according to records on the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office website.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers say this vehicle was speeding through the area.
Troopers say this vehicle was speeding through the area.(WWSB-TV)

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