SARASOTA — After an investigation, a Lakeland woman was arrested for the four killed in an Interstate 75 crash on July 15.

Chiniceia Trashae Carter, 34, Lakeland, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with four counts of DUI manslaughter and two counts of DUI property damage.

Carter allegedly killed four people in a two-car crash on July 15 along I-75 near Mile Marker 209 in Sarasota, authorities said.

That night, Carter allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .161, which was twice the legal limit of .08, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The four victims were considered pedestrians at the time of the crash, according to a news release from Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened in the southbound lanes of the interstate at 9:50 p.m., according to the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the FHP, Carter was driving a sedan southbound. A pickup truck towing a trailer was disabled and on the right shoulder of the lane. It was unoccupied with a flat tire.

Carter “veered left onto the southbound paved shoulder,” according to the FHP.

Seven men were outside the second vehicle helping with a tire change, the news release said.

Her sedan struck four of the men, along with the right backside of the trailer.

The four men were pronounced dead at the scene; three other men were not struck.

The men who were killed were not identified by authorities due to Marsy’s Law.

The men who were not struck were identified as two Fort Myers men, ages 19 and 21, and one man from Hialeah, age 22.

The sedan came to a rest in the southbound inside lane grass shoulder.

The driver and her passenger, a 32-year-old Lakeland man, were not injured.

The southbound lanes were shut down for more than six hours while the investigation began. It opened up about 3:30 a.m.

Carter is currently in custody with no bond and her arraignment is Oct. 22.


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