Reports: 1 dead, 14 injured after drunk driver hits van full of Twins fans after spring training game
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An Andover, Minn. woman is dead and 14 others were injured after a van full of Twins fans leaving a spring training game in Fort Myers, Fla., was hit from behind by a man whose blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, the Sun Sentinel of Broward County reported.
The woman was identified by Florida Highway Patrol as 18-year-old Lauren VanReese.
Among the injured passengers was VanReese’s mother, Kimberly Vanreese, 50; a four-year-old child; and Kimberly VanReese’s partner, 49-year-old Paul White, who won a $150 million share of a Powerball drawing in 2013, the Star Tribune reported. They were all hospitalized with serious injuries.
The crash occurred Tuesday, March 6, on a stretch of Interstate 75 between Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale as both vehicles were traveling east.
According to Florida Highway Patrol, the van was hit from behind by Nisbany Surit Garcias of Fort Myers, who was driving a Ford F-150. Garcias had a blood alcohol level of 0.182, more than twice the legal limit, four hours after the crash.
The pickup hit the van from behind, causing the van’s driver to lose control. The van rolled several times, FHP said.
Garcias faces charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI causing serious bodily injury and DUI with damage to property.