Deputies: Drunk driver rear-ended car with such force it killed passenger in front seat

Susana Sanches Luviano Baldwin, 30. Polk County Jail booking photo

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — Detectives say a Winter Haven woman was drunk when she rear-ended a car with so much force it pushed the rear of the car into the passenger seat, killing a passenger.

Susana Sanches Luviano Baldwin, 30, was charged with DUI resulting in death, vehicular homicide and DUI with property damage. According to an arrest affidavit, her blood alcohol levels were over the legal limit. Blood alcohol tests taken nearly three hours after the crash showed results of .164 and .148. A blood alcohol level over .08 is considered unlawful in Florida.

Investigators say Baldwin was driving a 2003 Infiniti westbound on Hwy 540 around 2:27 a.m. on March 9, and hit a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse driven by Danny Miller, 29, which was driving in the same direction on the highway.

Baldwin was speeding when she rear-ended the Eclipse. According to the arrest affidavit, the impact of the crash propelled the Eclipse 1,300 feet across a raised median and into the eastbound lanes before coming to a final rest on the southern road edge. The impact caused extensive damage to the Eclipse and pushed the rear of the Eclipse into the rear seat of the passenger compartment, killing Kellie Jo McCain, 27, who was a passenger in the Eclipse.

Baldwin received minor injuries and was treated at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. After her release from the hospital, Baldwin was booked into the Polk County Jail.

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