Plea deal in the works in notorious motorcycle dragging death

CREATED Apr 4, 2014

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FORT MYERS, Fla. - The woman charged in a deadly hit-and-run crash involving a motorcyclist in San Carlos Park is scheduled to be in court Friday afternoon for a plea hearing.

Donna Brown is accused of dragging Carl Patrick for about three miles after hitting him in May 2013.  She is charged with DUI manslaughter, damage to a person and property, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving under the influence.

Documents from the State Attorney's Office reveal more about the death of Carl Patrick, a motorcyclist from Punta Gorda.

According to Nathan Schwessinger, a witness on scene, he says he saw "massive sparks" coming from Brown's SUV as it traveled down the road. Schwessinger goes on to say the driver didn't stop. That it appeared as if she "did not know the bike was there or was doing this on purpose."

In another interview with law enforcement, Daniel Caleb, a different witness recalled seeing the SUV "hitting and running him over from behind and never stopping."

When investigators arrested Brown, a DUI Detection Sheet shows she was "unsteady" and could not follow directions.

Brown refused a breathalyzer but agreed to a blood test.  The result was 0.219, nearly three times the legal limit. Marijuana was also discovered in her system.  However, the blood test was thrown out because the Florida Highway Patrol failed to get a warrant necessary to conduct it.