FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The Florida Highway Patrol says the driver of a pickup truck that collided with a van on a stretch of Interstate 75 in Florida known as Alligator Alley was intoxicated and has been charged with DUI.
One person died and 14 others were injured in the Tuesday evening crash near Mile Marker 41.
Highway Patrol spokesman Alvaro Feola tells news outlets that Nisbany Surit Garcias was driving his truck recklessly, “nearly causing crashes” before colliding with the van. Garcias was injured in the crash and had a blood alcohol level of more than twice the legal limit to drive in Florida.
Garcias faces multiple charges that include DUI manslaughter and causing bodily injury.
The van was carrying 15 people, several of whom were ejected in the crash.