News: Driver arrested on DUI charge in fatal Hernando County accident


HERNANDO COUNTY, FL – Authorities announced an arrest in connection with a deadly collision in Hernando County in November 2023, Pasco News Online reports.

48-year-old Kristie Lynn Paxton of Hudson is charged with DUI manslaughter for the crash that occurred on Mariner Boulevard near Case Grande Circle.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Paxton was driving a 2005 Nissan Armada when she lost control of the vehicle.  The Nissan collided with a 2019 Toyota Tacoma, causing Paxton and her passenger to be ejected.

The passenger, 18-year-old Erika Stivers of Port Richey, was killed in the wreck.  The FHP said Paxton’s blood alcohol level was reportedly measured at 0.199.  She was arrested on Friday.

If you or a loved one were the victim of a car accident due to someone driving under the influence, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the laws of the state of Florida. The Hernando County Car Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can evaluate your case and fight to obtain the money and justice you deserve after an unfortunate crash. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us online or by phone at 866-608-5529.

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