St. Pete woman faces DWI manslaughter for double-fatal Parrish crash

jdeleon@bradenton.comSeptember 12, 2013 


MANATEE -- A St. Petersburg woman has been arrested on charges of DWI manslaughter in connection to the deaths of a Winter Haven couple last year.

Marissa Hamilton, 18, was arrested at 1:45 p.m. Wednesday after the State Attorney's Office filled charges against her, according to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office arrest report. Hamilton faces two counts of DWI manslaughter and two counts of DWI causing personal injury to passengers in her vehicle.

Hamilton is being held at the Manatee County jail with bonds totaling $16,000.

The crashed occurred in Parrish at 8:25 p.m. Jan. 8, 2012, on State Road 62 roughly 3 miles east of Saffold Road.

John Washabaugh, 61, and Fay Washabaugh, 55, were pronounced dead on the scene.

The couple were eastbound on State Road 62 on their 2008 Harley Davidson.

Hamilton was westbound in her 2005 Toyota Prius when she reportedly ran off the road, over-corrected and re-entered the roadway, hitting the motorcycle, according to the accident report.

The Washabaughs were thrown off the motorcycle onto the shoulder of the road.

Hamilton was seriously injured in the crash. When her Prius came to rest, the car's front end caught fire.

Hamilton was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital following the accident where her blood alcohol level was determined to be .146, according to investigators. The legal limit is .08.

The Florida Highway Patrol conducted a homicide traffic investigation and recommended charges June 4, 2012, to the State Attorney's Office. Assistant State Attorney Rory Zinna filed charges Aug. 21 against Hamilton and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

Now a student at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, Hamilton was 17 at the time of the accident.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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