PASCO COUNTY, FL. – A Pasco County woman was killed early Saturday morning when she was ejected from a Jeep after a DUI crash, according to Florida Highway Patrol.
Troopers said Samuel Hernandez, 26, of Spring Hill was behind the wheel of an Acura TLX sedan when he attempted to overtake a Jeep Wranger on I-275 Saturday around 2:30 a.m. That’s when troopers said Hernandez collided with the rear of the Jeep, propelling it into the center median cable barrier.
The Jeep overturned causing a 43-year-old woman from Dade City to be ejected. Authorities said the woman died at the scene.
According to an FHP report, the woman was not wearing a seatbelt.
The driver of the SUV, a 41-year-old Dade City man, suffered minor injuries in the crash, and was wearing a seatbelt, according to FHP.
Hernandez, 26, was later arrested for DUI manslaughter. Troopers said he had a BAC of 0.117. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08. Hernandez was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.