Tampa man charged with DUI manslaughter in passenger's death
Published: June 20, 2013
Updated: June 20, 2013 at 03:20 PM
TAMPA - A habitual traffic violator was driving drunk and without a license when he ran a red light and caused a crash that killed his passenger in April, investigators said.
Jamie Marquios Coffey, 29, was arrested Thursday after tests determined his blood-alcohol content during the wreck was 0.188, investigators said. In Florida, a driver is legally under the influence at 0.08 or higher.
Passenger Christina Stoddard, of Brooksville, was thrown from Coffey's car after it was struck by another car at Nebraska and Fletcher avenues about 11:45 p.m. April 28, investigators said.
Stoddard died two days later at Tampa General Hospital.
Coffey faces charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, driving with a suspended or revoked license resulting in death, DUI with property damage and DUI with bodily injury.
The night of the crash, Coffey's 2006 Dodge Magnum was heading north in the outside lane of Nebraska as the traffic light at Fletcher turned red, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
David Ashwood, 30, of Tampa, was westbound in a 1992 Jaguar and had a green light, the patrol said. Coffey entered the path of Ashwood, and the front of the Magnum hit the left side of the Jaguar, the patrol said.
Coffey was being held at a Hillsborough County jail without bail.