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March 5, 2014

Woman jailed for DUI following crash

O'Brien man receives minor injuries

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A Branford woman was jailed Saturday for DUI after rear ending a vehicle, causing minor injuries to the driver, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. 

Reports show that on Saturday, March 1, at 3:20 p.m., a 1995 Jeep driven by Maria Margarita Maldonado, 46, Branford, was traveling south on SR 247 at 77th Rd. in Suwannee County with Jasmine Marie Acevedo, 5, Branford, as a passenger. A 2005 Chevy pickup driven by Tyronne Lee Hill, 55, O'Brien, was traveling south on SR 247 ahead of Maldonado and slowed to make a left turn onto a private driveway. Maldonado failed to slow, causing the front left of her vehicle to strike the rear right of the pickup truck. The Jeep came to a final rest in the southbound lane facing in a southeasterly direction and the pickup came to a final rest in the northbound lane facing northeast, reports state.

The crash report from FHP stated that after the traffic crash investigation was concluded, a DUI investigation began on Maldonado, the driver of the Jeep. Maldonado was charged with careless driving, DUI property damage/injury, and DUI refusal to submit to a breath test. She was transported to the Suwannee County Jail. The Department of Children and Family Services was notified of the incident since there was a minor involved in the crash.

Maldonado and the five-year-old received no injuries. Hill suffered minor injuries in the crash and was transported to Lake City Medical Center. 

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