Suspect Charged with DUI Manslaughter

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Suspect: Charlotte Virginia Sowards, W/F, 08/21/1992, 8701 Willow Avenue North, Tampa

Charges: DUI Manslaughter, Vehicular Homicide, DUI with Serious Bodily Injury (x3), Reckless Driving with Serious Bodily Injury (x3), DUI with Personal Injury/Property Damage

Victim 1: Jason Plummer, B/M, 08/08/1979, 3307 May Fair Drive South, Fresno, CA (died on scene)

Victim 2: Jean Flores, W/M, 12/02/1992, 1714 Atkinson Street West, Tampa (has serious brain injury)

Victim 3: Alexandra Ceballos, W/F, 03/01/1994, 4540 Hanna Avenue West, Tampa (shattered pelvis)

Victim 4: Anthony Adams, W/M, 03/25/1988, 4713 Cresthill Drive, Tampa (head injury)

Victim 5: Daniella Campo, W/F, 05/27/1995, 8510 El Portal Drive, Tampa (contusion)

Details: A warrant was issued for the suspect and she turned herself into Orient Road Jail today, 05/6/11 at 4 p.m.

On November 20, 2010 at 9:37 p.m., the suspect was driving her 1997 Cadillac Seville West on Wood Street at double the 25 miles per hour speed limit. She ran a stop sign at Edison Avenue and as she reached the intersection of El Portal Drive and West Wood Street, she ran a second stop sign hitting a 1994 Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic, Jason Plummer, died at the scene and his four passengers were injured. The suspect and the four passengers in the Honda Civic were taken to the hospital. The suspect showed signs of impairment and her blood was taken at the hospital. Her blood alcohol level was .074 six hours after the crash.

Andrea Davis