Jamie Coffey charged in fatal April 28 DUI crash

1:55 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa man was arrested and charged Thursday in a crash that took the life of a 24-year-old woman who was riding in the car with him on the night of April 28.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say around 11:44 p.m., 29-year-old Jamie Coffey was heading north in the outside lane on Nebraska Avenue in a Dodge Magnum.

Based on their investigation, troopers say when Coffey got to the intersection at Nebraska and Fletcher avenues, the traffic signal changed to red, however, he went through the red light and into the path of David Ashwood's Jaguar sedan who was heading west on Fletcher Avenue.

The front of Coffey's Magnum hit the left side of Ashwood's Jaguar. After the collision, Coffey's car rotated and overturned multiple times. Neither Coffey nor his passenger, Christina Stoddard, were wearing their seatbelts. Stoddard was thrown from the car as it overturned.

PHOTOS: Fatal April 28 DUI crash in North Tampa

Troopers say Stoddard, of Brooksville, died from her injuries on April 30 at Tampa General Hospital. Ashwood, 30, received minor injuries in the accident and was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital.

Once troopers completed their investigation, on June 20, Jamie Coffey was arrested and charged with DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, DWLSR (Habitual Traffic Violator) resulting in death, DUI Property Damage, and DUI Bodily Injury.

His blood alcohol content following the crash was registered at 0.188.

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