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3 Die In DUI Crash On Tampa Expressway

Curtis Perry

Three people died in a crash on a Tampa expressway that police say was caused by a woman who was impaired by alcohol.

Tampa police said in a news release that 29-year-old Amber Nicole Perera lost control of her vehicle on Thursday afternoon on the Selmon Expressway.

Investigators say Perera's car veered into a grass median, causing another vehicle to cross the median and go into oncoming traffic. It then struck two other vehicles and burst into flames, killing three people.

Police say Perera attempted to leave the scene, but was caught a short time later. She was taken to the hospital for a blood draw to measure her blood alcohol content.

She faces multiple charges including DUI manslaughter. A lawyer isn't listed on jail records.