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Crash that killed 1, injured 14 results in DUI arrest for Fort Myers man

Posted at 7:22 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 07:25:32-05

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 in Broward County.
Highway Patrol spokesman Alvaro Feola tells news outlets that 30-year-old Nisbany Surit Garcias of Fort Myers was seen driving his truck recklessly, "nearly causing crashes" before the crash.

Troopers say Garcias was driving in the right lane and veered into the left lane, colliding with the van and causing both vehicle to overturn several times.

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 from Minnesota, including 5 children aged 4 to 14.  One person was ejected in the crash.

21-year-old Lauren Vanreese of Andover, Minnesota was identified as the victim who died in the crash.

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