New details on driver, victim in motorcycle dragging case
Fox 4 News Staff
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LEE COUNTY, Fla. - We're learning new information about a hit-and-run accident involving a motorcyclist dragged for miles under an SUV on May 9..
The driver, 54-year-old Donna Brown, is charged with DUI manslaughter, damage to a person and property, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving under the influence.
Documents from the State Attorney's Office reveal more about the death of Carl Patrick, a motorcyclist from Punta Gorda.
The Florida Highway Patrol reports that he was struck by Brown, as she made a U-turn in her white, Lexus SUV on US 41 in Estero. Then, dragged for about three miles under Brown's vehicle.
According to Nathan Schwessinger, a witness on scene, he says he saw "massive sparks" coming from Brown's SUV as it traveled down the road. Schwessinger goes on to say the driver didn't stop. That it appeared as if she "did not know the bike was there or was doing this on purpose."
In another interview with law enforcement, Daniel Caleb, a different witness recalled seeing the SUV "hitting and running him over from behind and never stopping."
When investigators arrested Brown, a DUI Detection Sheet shows she was "unsteady" and could not follow directions.
Brown refused a breathalyzer but agreed to a blood test. The result was 0.219, nearly three times the legal limit. Marijuana was also discovered in her system.
But according to the victim's autopsy, Patrick, too had drugs in his system. Toxicology reports showed cocaine and a blood alcohol level of 0.285.
Brown has pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter. she's currently out on bond.