On Wednesday, January 22nd, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) cited a Tampa
woman who crashed her car on Interstate 275 back in November. The
car accident resulted in the death of a passenger riding in the vehicle along with
her. The driver has now been cited for several traffic infractions, according
to the FHP.
Martha Decimus, age 34, was cited by troopers for careless driving, failure
to wear a seat belt, and a violation of an unspecified driver’s
license restriction, FHP noted. Back on November 3rd, just shortly after
9:00 am, Decimus was driving a 1992 Mazda Protege northbound on I-275.
She was approaching the Bird Street exit, according to FHP.
As Decimus tried to change lanes, she noticed a car in her blind spot and
yanked the steering wheel back sharply. Her overcorrection caused the
Mazda to swerve and she crashed into a guardrail, FHP said.
Decimus and two young children, ages 3 and 8, suffered only minor injuries.
Her front seat passenger Junette Bazile, age 63, of Tampa, was rushed
off to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she died from traumatic injuries
later that day, troopers added.
No further details were provided and the relationship between the driver
and her passenger was not made clear. At this time, it is not clear whether
any criminal or civil cases will be pursued against Decimus.