Florida: Highway Patrol charged Matthew Mercado in DUI homicide for killing Omar Diaz in crash

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From Orlando Sentinel:

01/15/2016 — A Casselberry man now faces DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges after a crash that killed one person and injured another on Dec. 12, according to his arrest affidavit.

Matthew Mercado, 22, was arrested Thursday at Florida Highway Patrol headquarters, said Sgt. Kim Montes, an FHP spokeswoman.

Mercado, who also received a citation for failing to stop at a red light, had a blood alcohol level of 0.182 during the time of the crash, Montes said.

The crash, at Semoran Boulevard and Colonial Drive, killed Casselberry resident Omar Diaz, 37, and injured Amalia Gomez, 46.

Gomez told troopers she was driving a 2012 Honda south on Semoran Boulevard, with Diaz in the passenger’s seat, and had the green light to drive across East Colonial Drive.

Mercado was speeding on East Colonial Drive and hit the driver’s side of her car, records show.

Diaz was pronounced dead at …MORE

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