A 24-year-old woman faces a DUI manslaughter charge after she crashed on Interstate 75 in northern Manatee County the SUV she was driving. A 2-year-old passenger was killed and the driver and 10 other passengers — including eight other children —were injured, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
At 4:55 p.m. Saturday, Shameka L. Jones of Winter Haven was driving a Ford Expedition north on I-75 north of Parrish when she drove onto the shoulder, went airborne, overturned several time and struck several trees.
Besides Jones, there were two other adults and nine children — ages 6 months to 10 years — in the vehicle, according to the FHP.
Two-year-old Isaac Solomon was taken to South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Jones, who was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, and the other adults, a 25-year-old woman and a 44-year-old woman, were listed in serious condition. A 6-month-old boy also was listed in serious condition, at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg.
The other children were being treated for minor injuries at hospitals in either St. Petersburg or Tampa, according to the FHP.
FHP said Jones faces charges of DUI manslaughter, nine counts of DUI with injuries, and one count of DUI with serious injury.
All of the victims were listed as being from Winter Haven.