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A crash involving an intoxicated driver left one woman dead and closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 in Sarasota County for more than five hours early Sunday, according to authorities.
The accident happened shortly after 2 a.m. near the Clark Road interchange, according to the Florida Highway Patrol website.
A 26-year-old North Port woman had come to a stop in her 2016 Chrysler 200 in the center lane of I-75 South. Troopers say she was under the influence of alcohol.
A 30-year-old man from Lehigh Acres was driving a 2007 Nissan Sentra in the center lane of the highway approaching the stopped vehicle from the rear. Petruska E. Marquez, a 63-year-old woman from Lehigh Acres, was in the passenger’s seat. The man failed to stop the Sentra in time to avoid a collision with the Chrysler.
The collision sent the both vehicles skidding across the highway. The Chrysler came to a stop against a guardrail on the right shoulder of the highway, and the Sentra came to a final rest facing north. Troopers found skid marks and debris in all lanes of I-75 South.
Marquez suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. The 30-year-old man suffered serious injuries and was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for care.
The driver of the Chrysler was uninjured, according to FHP. She faces charges of obstructing traffic with a disabled vehicle, DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury and DUI causing property damage.
At around 7:45 a.m., the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office reported that all lanes of I-75 had been reopened.