Bradenton woman charged with causing fatal crash, driving without a license
MANATEE -- A Bradenton woman has been charged with causing a crash that killed her 25-year-old passenger earlier this year, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Candida Yessenia Lagos, 34, was arrested Sunday and charged with driving without a license and causing a death in the May 30 crash that killed Andrea F. Rivas Lopez.
Lagos is being held at the Manatee County jail on a $100,000 bond.
After a traffic homicide investigation conducted by FHP, it was determined Lagos was at fault in the crash. A warrant for her arrest was issued June 8.
Lagos had not returned to her home in the 2100 block of Third Street East in Bradenton for more than six days prior to an investigator speaking to her landlord, according to an affidavit dated June 7. After speaking to her employer at Paisano Night Club, 5815 15th St. E., Bradenton, investigators learned she had not been to work since the day of the crash.
At 12:25 a.m. Sunday, Lagos was arrested at an unspecified site.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Lagos was southbound on U.S. 301 on Manatee Road in Parrish when her vehicle traveled onto the grassy shoulder west of the road. Lagos reportedly swerved left in an attempt to get back on the road but overcorrected and lost control of vehicle. The car crossed the north and southbound lanes before going onto the grassy shoulder on the east side of the road, hitting a tree and flipping onto its side.
The victim, a passenger in the car, was taken to Blake Medical Center where she died from injuries sustained in the crash.
A Parrish man who lived nearby witnessed the crash.
Police database searches revealed Lagos, a Hondurian citizen, did not have a driver's license in Florida or any other state.
Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.