Driver arrested in accident that claimed life of woman in Pinellas County

A drunk driver was arrested Thursday evening after a car crash claimed the life of a woman in Pinellas County.

Denise Diometre, 65, of New Port Richey was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra northbound on East Lake Road in the inside line ahead of a 2008 Ford Explorer driven by Dustin Lee Rhoades, 29, of Clearwater, according to a Florida Highway Patrol accident report. Rhoades overtook Diometre’s vehicle, colliding with the rear of her vehicle within the intersection causing both vehicles to depart the roadway, the report stated.

Diometre was transported to Trinity Hospital where she died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Rhoades was arrested on charges of driving under the influence-manslaughter and vehicular homicide after providing a breath sample of 0.16.


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  1. James Radatz says

    Most boozers have to learn the hard way. This is one time, that the hard way was by committing MURDER. simple rule: If your drink, ‘even one’, Don’t get behind the wheel of any type of vehicle. Call a sober friend or a taxi to take you home.

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