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Florida woman involved in fatal crash, on probation for 2014 death

Jennifer Carvajal, 24, pictured in a  Florida Department of Correction photo after a crash she caused in Tampa in 2014.
Jennifer Carvajal, 24, pictured in a Florida Department of Correction photo after a crash she caused in Tampa in 2014. (Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Department of Corrections)

TAMPA, Fla. – A woman who was already on probation for a fatal traffic crash in 2014 was arrested Sunday following another crash that killed one of her passengers, authorities said.

Court records show Jennifer Carvajal, 24, was on probation after serving prison time for the previous fatality, which happened when she was 16.

Early Sunday, a Florida Highway Patrol trooper clocked Carvajal driving at 111 mph along a highway near Interstate 4 in Tampa.

As the trooper tried to overtake Carvajal’s car, she made a hard right turn that sent her Hyundai Elantra onto the road’s shoulder and down an embankment before it went airborne, the crash report said. The car struck a concrete light pole and a palm tree before overturning in the parking lot of a car dealership.

A 19-year-old front-seat passenger was thrown into the backseat and two rear passengers were ejected from the car, the report said. The passengers were all taken to a hospital, where a 22-year-old later died from injuries suffered in the crash.

Carvajal was the only one in the car wearing a seat belt, troopers said in the report. She suffered minor injuries. She was later arrested and charged with reckless driving involving a serious injury, DUI involving a serious injury, DUI manslaughter, driving without a license and multiple counts of DUI property damage.

State court records show Carvajal served time in prison after she ran a red light and struck and killed a 52-year-old driver in Plant City in 2014. Carvajal was charged then with DUI manslaughter and driving without a valid license.


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