Deland Woman Killed in Drunk Driving Accident

A 33-year-old woman was killed Sunday morning in a motor vehicle accident in Deland.

Details about the Fatal Motor Vehicle Accident

The Daytona Beach News-Journal is reporting that a woman from De Leon Springs was killed when a pickup truck drove through a red light on Sunday morning and T-boned her vehicle, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

The victim, who has been identified as 33-year-old Jessica Winnett, was taken to the Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford where she died on Sunday.

There were a total of four people who were injured in the accident, which happened at about 5 a.m. at the intersection of S.R> 472 and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Beltway. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 20-year-old man was driving the pickup that slammed into Winnett’s 2011 Kia sedan. The driver of the truck and three other passengers were sent to the hospital.

The driver was sent to Central Florida Regional as well, with critical injuries.

After the initial impact, the pickup truck then flipped onto its left side. Witnesses at the scene of the accident told police that the pickup truck ran a red light

The accident remains under investigation and charges are pending against the driver of the truck. Officials suspect that alcohol may have played a role in the accident.

Important Information about Driving Under the Influence

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States that happen as a result of someone driving under the influence at the time of the accident:

  • In 2014, males were as much as three times more likely to drive drunk than females.
  • The drunk driving rate is the highest among 26 -29 year olds.
  • Drunk driving costs the United States about $132 billion per year.
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