DUI Crash in Zephyrhills Kills Corrections OfficerTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. December 16, 2019
Zephyrhills, FL (12/12/2019) – Lauren Simone Lee, 30, died Thursday night in a crash with a drunk driver Jonathan Aldea Valeds, 36, drove drunk in a truck owned by his employer. The collision happened on U.S. 301 south of Zephyrhills around 6:27 pm.
Dade City company Megascapes Landscape and Maintenance, operates the truck Valdes drove. According to state troopers, Valdes lost control of his vehicle near Rapid Rivers Boulevard. Valdes swerved onto the eastern shoulder and into the southbound lanes.
Lee died at the scene of the crash. Valdes refused to cooperate. He behaved in a combative way when asked to complete sobriety tests and take part in a blood draw.
Valdes received charges of DUI Manslaughter and DUI Property Damage.
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