ST. PETERSBURG, FL (PINELLAS COUNTY) - According to an online news report posted on TampaBay.com, a 29-year-old woman from St. Petersburg, Florida, crossed the Bayside Bridge median and drove into two motor vehicles that were traveling in the opposite direction. The fatal accident tragically killed her passenger and a motorcyclist, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The 29-year-old St Petersburg driver was arrested and booked on charges of vehicular homicide and DUI manslaughter. The accident occurred at around 11:10 p.m. The driver was given a breath test, which returned a blood alcohol level of .191. Her blood-alcohol level was more than double the legal limit of 0.08 for Florida drivers, according to the Highway Patrol.
The suspect was heading south along the Bayside Bridge in her 2019 Nissan Altima when the woman lost control of her motor vehicle and then crossed the bridge's median and hit two northbound motor vehicles — a 2018 Qipai motorcycle and a Nissan Rogue, the Highway Patrol said. The Nissan Altima and the Qipai motorcycle came to a stop along the tree line on the bridge's east side of the bridge. The Nissan Rogue whirled across the median and then came to a stop in the southbound lanes.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the passenger in the Altima, a 29-year-old woman from Largo, Florida, and a 50-year-old man from Palm Harbor, Florida, who was operating the motorcycle, were tragically killed. The suspect was treated for lesser injuries at Bayfront Medical Center. She was arrested by police about seven hours following the accident. The 50-year-old woman from Tampa, Florida, who was driving the Nissan Rogue was not hurt.
According to the news report, none of the occupants inside the Altima were wearing seatbelts. The Nissan Rogue driver was wearing her seatbelt.
The suspect admitted to law enforcement officers that she had been told drinking Hennessy on the rocks at a bar north of the bridge and that she was feeling "tipsy," according to her arrest report.
The Florida Highway Patrol did not publish the DUI accident victims' names due to Florida's Marsy's Law.