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FHP tries to find family of dead driver
By Pat Andrews
posted Feb 6, 2013 - 3:42:49pm
UPDATE 02-07-13 — The driver who was killed in the Feb. 6 collision has been identified as 61-year-old Connie Rae Rodriguez of Port Orange. She was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, the FHP report states.
PREVIOUSLY REPORTED — An unidentified motorist was killed and another one seriously injured in a collision on U.S. Highway 17 at Spring Garden Avenue in DeLand around 5 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The Florida Highway Patrol has not yet released the name of the driver who was killed, pending notification of next of kin.
The FHP report states that a 2002 Nissan driven by William David Lopez, 27, of DeLand was traveling southbound on U.S. 17, when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed the highway's concrete median, then entered the northbound lane. Lopez's Nissan crashed head-on into a 2009 Hyundai, killing the woman who was driving it.
FHP was trying to determine the residence of the woman, who had a North Carolina driver's license, but who may have been living in Florida, and contact her next of kin. Those efforts are ongoing this afternoon.
Lopez was initially taken to Florida-Hospital-DeLand, and was later transferred to Orlando Regional Medical Center due to his injuries.
FHP investigators said Lopez does not have a driver's license and was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.
Later in the day Feb. 6, Lopez was booked and was awaiting transport from the hospital to the Volusia County Branch Jail, charged with DUI manslaughter, driving without a license, and driving without a license causing a death in a crash.
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