Driver arrested for killing one, injuring four others in no-passing zone

A driver who registered over three times the legal blood alcohol limit has been arrested on multiple felony charges after one person died and four others were seriously injured during an accident that he caused while attempting to pass in a no-passing zone.

Jens Anthony Ortuno-Talavera, 26, was arrested by Florida Highway Patrol troopers on Monday, December 4 in connection with the fatal accident, which occurred on November 19.

On that day, Ortuno-Talavera was driving a 2019 Chrysler Sebring northbound on U.S. Hwy 17-92/S Orange Blossom Trail, just south of Sundown Drive, at around 10 p.m.

According to FHP, Ortuno-Talavera attempted to pass a vehicle in a no-passing zone and entered the southbound travel lane of the highway. As a result, the vehicle entered the direct path of a 2022 Toyota Corolla, and the left side of the Sebring crashed into the front of the Corolla.

A passenger that was riding in Ortuno-Talavera’s vehicle, a 26-year-old woman from Lakeland, was killed in the crash. Ortuno-Talavera had to be extricated from the vehicle after the crash. He and two other men in the vehicle were transported to a local hospital.

According to FHP, Ortuno-Talavera has no residency or ties to Florida and was living out of his vehicle at the time of the incident.

During an interview after the accident, Ortuno-Talavera told police that he had consumed six Modelo beers earlier that evening. At the hospital, Ortuno-Talavera’s blood alcohol content registered at .217 mg/dl, which is over 2.5 times the legal limit of .08 mg/dl.

Ortuno-Talavera is being charged with one count of DUI manslaughter, three counts of DUI with serious bodily injury, and four counts of driving without a license causing Serious Bodily Injury. He is currently being held at the Osceola County Jail.

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