Drunk Driver Kills Two in Early Morning Crash, Convicted in November for DUI
SUMTER – A Fort Myers man is behind bars today, after an early morning crash on I-75 claimed the life of two people, and officials say alcohol was a factor.
According to reports, 30-year-old Robert Anthony Benton was traveling southbound in a 2013 Ford Explorer when he rear ended a 2011 Hyundai Sonata at a high rate of speed. The impact forced the Hyundai off the roadway and into a tree. Alexa Leigh White, 23, of Palm Bay, Florida died at the scene. A 50-year-old Arizona woman was transported to Ocala Regional Hospital where she later died. Benton suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from a local hospital.
Officials say Benton was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was subsequently charged with 2-counts of DUI Manslaughter among other charges. Benton did not have a valid license, according to officials.
It should be noted that Benton was arrested in September for DUI and was adjudicated guilty on November 28th of this year.
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