Ft Myers Man Accused OF Drunk Driving, Causing Fatal Crash In Broward

A Fort Myers man is accused of driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a woman and injured 16 others along the Alligator Alley in Broward County.

Thirty-year-old Nisbany Garcias was arrested Wednesday. He faces multiple charges, including manslaughter, driving under the influence and causing serious bodily injury to another.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said Garcias was driving south on I-75 about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when his Ford F-150 truck rear-ended a van, causing the van to crash into a median and flip over. Officials say several passengers were thrown from the vehicle.

Garcias failed a field sobriety test hours after the crash and his blood alcohol level was well above the legal limit, according to the arrest report.

A group from Minnesota -- traveling from Fort Myers to Fort Lauderdale after attending a spring training baseball game -- was inside the van. 

Lauren Vanreese, 21, of Minnesota, was pronounced dead at the scene. Twelve people were transported to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries. Another four were treated at the scene.

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