Most of us know the effects that depressants like alcohol and marijuana have on the ability to drive. Stimulants like methamphetamine also have a derogatory effect on driving abilities as well. Some of the possible detrimental effects on driving include speeding, swerving from side to side, failing to maintain a safe distance from other vehicles, and exhibiting driving behaviors with a high risk of leading to an accident. When police stop these individuals, they often display confusion, an inability to stand upright, and at times, aggression. It can take several hours for the amphetamines to break down in a person’s system.
The Tampa Bay Times reports a man was allegedly high on methamphetamine when he caused a fatal crash in Hillsborough.
31-year-old Jeremy Guerrero was arrested on charges of DUI last Friday.
The arrest came after a crash that occurred on Interstate 75 that caused the death of 57-year-old Maria Delourdes Perez.
Guerrero was driving a 2017 Toyota Corolla south in the inside lane of I-75 just south of Big Bend Road. He was driving at a high rate of speed. He suddenly noticed a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Deputy vehicle ahead of him and braked suddenly so he did not pass the officer.
He lost control of his vehicle and it entered the outside southbound lane. It struck the left side of a 2009 Dodge van being driven by Perez. The collision caused both cars to veer onto the west shoulder.
The Corolla rolled over and struck several trees on the side of the interstate. The Dodge struck a tree head-on.
Perez was rushed to a hospital but died later that day. She was wearing a seatbelt.
Both Guerrero and his passenger suffered minor injuries. Guerrero was arrested and is facing charges of DUI manslaughter and driving with a license suspended or revoked resulting in death.