Investigators Serve Warrant To Test Driver’s Blood In Deadly I-95 Crash

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Investigators served a warrant to test the blood of a driver involved in a deadly wrong way crash on I-95 earlier this month.

They wanted to test 20-year old Clarissa Vargas’ blood for alcohol after Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said she slammed into Norman Mello, 41, head-on.

Investigators said Vargas was heading north in the southbound lanes of I-95 just north of the Dolphin Expressway on July 19th around 7:30 pm.

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In the accident, FHP said Carlos Pereira, 61, who was driving a Dodge Ram in the same lane as Vargas, but heading south, spotted Vargas’ car and swerved to try to avoid a head-on-collision.

However, FHP said Pereira ended up getting sideswiped on the left side by Vargas’ car.

Investigators said Mello came through the windshield of Vargas’ car and was pinned into the back seat of her car.Crews later pronounced Mello dead at the scene.

Vargas suffered serious injuries in the crash, according to FHP. She could face a vehicular homicide charge if toxicology results come back positive for alcohol.




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