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Woman charged with DUI manslaughter after Manatee crash

Woman charged with DUI manslaughter after Manatee crash

MANATEE -- A Miami woman driving on Interstate-75 in Manatee County early Sunday was charged with DUI manslaughter after an accident that claimed the life of a North Carolina man.

Rona Ramnarine, 33, rear-ended a 2012 GMC Terrain with her 2012 Chrysler van at Mile Marker 229 approaching the exit ramp for Moccasin Wallow Road, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The Terrain, being driven by Darrell Scruggs, 68, of High Point, N.C., ran off the road and overturned onto its roof, the report said. Alcohol was a factor in the collision, it said,

Ramnarine was charged with DUI manslaughter, DUI serious bodily injury, driving with suspended or revoked license, the fatality, and child endangerment, according to the report.

Ramnarine, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries. Passengers in her van -- Amerah Ramnarine, 5, Zarah Ramnarine, 1, and Maliah Brown, 3 -- were not in child restraints nor seat belts. They, too, were taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center for treatment of undisclosed injuries, the report said.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported the two vehicles were traveling north at about 4:37 a.m. Sunday.

The aftermath of the collision which killed Suggs, who was not wearing a seat belt, left his passenger Naomi Scruggs, 69, also of High Point, N.C., with serious injuries, the report said. She was wearing a seat belt, troopers reported.

-- Herald staff report

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