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.