St. Pete woman arrested for DUI manslaughter following fatal crash on I-275: FHP

Mugshot of Sara Elizabeth Murphy courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. 

A St. Petersburg woman has been arrested following a crash that killed a passenger in her car early Saturday morning. 

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, 36-year-old Sara Elizabeth Murphy was traveling southbound on I-275, along the exit ramp to 54th Avenue North around 4:30 a.m., when she lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. 

Troopers say the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree along the east shoulder of the ramp. 

Murphy’s 48-year-old male passenger from St. Pete Beach, who was not publicly identified by FHP, died at the scene of the crash, according to troopers. 

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An FHP report states that Murphy suffered serious injuries in the crash.

She was later arrested by troopers for DUI manslaughter and driving while license suspended involving death.