Woman already on probation for DUI manslaughter crashes at 111 mph, killing passenger

Florida’s Jennifer Carvajal appears not to have learned the lesson of her 2014 conviction after speeding in the early hours of Sunday morning.


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The remains of Jennifer Carvajal's Hyundai
(Florida Highway Patrol)

A young woman in Florida is likely looking at some serious jail time after crashing her car at 111 mph and killing one of her passengers.

Incredibly, Jennifer Carvajal was already on probation for a previous DUI manslaughter conviction when she decided to put her foot down on the gas this time.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said 24-year-old Carvajal was speeding on Interstate 4 near Mango Road on Sunday morning, according to local reports.

An FHP sergeant was heading east on I-4 when he clocked Carvajal’s Hyundai traveling the other direction at 111 mph. The sergeant pulled his patrol car into the median and clocked the Hyundai again, still at 111 mph.

Authorities said Carvajal’s vehicle passed the sergeant without slowing down. The sergeant sped up to pull her over, but she veered to the right, entered the shoulder, and became airborne after hitting the embankment that runs parallel to the highway, according to FHP.

The Hyundai traveled over a fence and crashed into a truck parked at the Gator Ford dealership, which is visible from the highway and located along the entrance ramp from I-4 onto Mango Road.

According to FHP, the driver Carvajal was the only one in the vehicle wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened and she suffered only minor injuries. A 19-year-old front-seat passenger was thrown into the car’s back seats.

The other two passengers, a 20-year-old and 22-year-old, were ejected from the car entirely. The 22-year-old later passed away.

Carvajal now faces several charges, including DUI and reckless driving, but after the death of one of the passengers, the charges will be upgraded.

Jennifer Carvajal
(Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Court records show Carvajal was previously convicted following a DUI manslaughter arrest in 2014. At the time, she collided into another vehicle in Hillsborough County.

Keith Allen Davis, the victim in the second vehicle, died. She was sentenced to five years in prison in 2016 with credit for the one year in jail she already served, plus five years probation. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, she was released in October 2019.

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