Autopsy: Wrong-way driver in fatal I-275 crash in Tampa was drunk

March 10, 2014 

TAMPA -- The wrong-way driver in a crash that killed five people on Interstate 275 last month had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit, the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday.

Daniel Morris, 28, had a blood alcohol level of 0.20 when he died in the crash. The state of Florida presumes intoxication at 0.08. The medical examiner's report also found Morris's blood contained THC, a byproduct of marijuana.

Investigators said Morris was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-275 in the early morning hours of Feb. 9 when he collided with a 2010 Hyundai Sonata carrying four University of South Florida students.

Morris and the four men - Dammie Yesudhas, 21; Jobin Kuriakose, 21; Imtiyaz Jim Ilias, 20; and Ankeet Patel, 22 - all died at the scene.

The report indicated Morris' body was severely burned in the fire, but that he died instantly of a dislocated neck.

The Florida Highway Patrol is still trying to determine where Morris improperly entered the interstate or where he started driving the wrong direction.

The crash remains under investigation.

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