Man arrested in fatal Atlantic Blvd. crash

33-year-old charged with DUI manslaughter


JACKSONVILLE, Fla, – Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal crash on Atlantic Boulevard last month.

Tirell Cross, 33, is charged with DUI manslaughter and driving while license suspended in the death of 45-year-old Chantel Jonson.

Police said Cross was driving a Ford Expedition westbound in the 5300 block of Atlantic about 7 a.m. Sept. 14. They said he lost control of his SUV and struck a concrete retaining wall with the right side of his vehicle.

His SUV then crossed the median and crossed into the oncoming traffic lanes, striking Jonson's vehicle nearly head-on. Jonson died in the crash.

Rescue responded and removed Cross from the front seat of the vehicle. Witnesses at the scene told police Cross was the sole occupant of the vehicle.

Police said Cross admitted drinking two beers the evening before. A detective said he saw indicators of impairment on Cross.

Open containers of alcoholic beverages were found in Cross' SUV, police said. They said he agreed to provide a blood sample for testing, and the results showed a blood alcohol level of 0.152 and 0.153.

Cross's driver license had been revoked for six months in April for DUI property damage and revoked one year in April for refusal to submit to a breath/blood/urine test.

Cross was arrested Thursday and booked into jail.