Eustis man charged with DUI manslaughter after fatal crash, FHP says


A 22-year-old Eustis man is accused of driving under the influence Saturday night and crashing into a pickup truck, killing a female passenger, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Ricardo Galvan Ojeda was driving his Chevrolet Silverado east down Emeralda Island Road around 8:30 p.m. when he ran a stop sign and plowed into a Toyota Tacoma that was traveling south on County Road 452, said FHP spokeswoman Lt. Kim Montes.

The driver of the Tacoma, 57-year-old William Hodges of Grand Island, was seriously injured and taken to Central Florida Regional Hospital, Montes said.

His wife, 54-year-old Denise Hodges, died at the scene.

Ojeda told a trooper at the crash site that he was headed to a friend’s house and that he drank two beers about three hours before the collision, according to the arrest report.


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