Lee County, Florida (News-Press) - A Punta Gorda motorcyclist is dead and an Estero woman is behind bars on DUI charges after a Thursday night crash in south Lee County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Donna Lynne Brown, 54, is being charged with DUI manslaughter and property damage, hit and run with death, DUI and careless driving.
After making a U-turn at Constitution Boulevard, Brown was driving south on U.S. 41 and failed to see a motorcycle ahead of her. She rear-ended Carl Patrick's motorcycle and dragged it, along with Patrick, for about three miles.
A Lee County Sheriff's Office witness saw sparks coming from the undercarriage of Brown's SUV as it fled the scene.
She was stopped in the outside lane of U.S. 41, just north of Corkscrew Road.
Patrick, 54, was pronounced dead on the scene. Brown was arrested and booked into the Lee County Jail. The investigation and the results of a blood-alcohol test are pending.
This was the second motorcyclist death in south Lee County Thursday night, deputies were called later to Ben Hill Griffin Parkway about a motorcycle crash that killed a 26-year-old Fort Myers man.