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25-year-old arrested in 2012 deadly DUI crash

Passenger, 22, suffered critical injuries, died days after crash

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jacob Lin-Justiniano
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo of Jacob Lin-Justiniano

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 25-year-old man was arrested Saturday and charged with vehicular homicide, DUI manslaughter and several other charges stemming from a deadly crash on Interstate 295 in December 2012.

Jacob Thomas Lin-Justiniano was driving a Nissan Pathfinder that overturned on I-295 at San Jose Boulevard about 4:30 a.m. on Dec. 10, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Passenger Ronnie Powell (pictured), 22, suffered critical injuries in the crash, which happened on his birthday. He died three days later.

Ronnie Powell
Ronnie Powell

Lin-Justiniano and a passenger, Qiante Royale Jackson, were ejected from the SUV. Jackson and passenger Fiona Ann Castor were also hospitalized with serious injuries but were released.

According to the FHP, Lin-Justiniano, who was 22 at the time of the crash, lost control of the SUV, which struck a guardrail and overturned.

Lin-Justiniano, Powell's best friend, was also critically injured. His blood alcohol level was .123 at the time of the crash and his blood tested positive for midazolam, an anti-anxiety medication.

Lin-Justiniano is also facing charges of DUI with serious bodily injury, DUI with damage and driving on a suspended or revoked license second conviction.

Powell briefly went to Sandalwood High School but graduated from a high school in Hawaii. He played soccer, baseball and football, and graduated with honors, then joined the Army after graduation.