Woman accused of starting fatal chain reaction crash on Selmon Expressway held on no bond

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Amber Perera, the woman accused of starting the fatal chain reaction crash on the Selmon Expressway this week, appeared in front of a judge on Saturday morning.

A judge ordered Perera be held on no bond.

She is facing three counts of DUI manslaughter, DUI with serious bodily injury, leaving the scene of a crash with death, leaving the scene of a crash with serious bodily injuries, tampering with evidence and three counts of vehicular homicide.

Tampa police say Perera caused the crash on the Selmon Expressway that killed three people and hurt two others. Perera left the scene, taking off at a high rate of speed, police said. Law enforcement caught up with her shortly after the crash when her car broke down.

According to detectives with the Tampa Police Department, Perera was on the prescription drugs Lexapro and Ativan, a drug used to treat seizures.

“Obviously this is a very sad situation and there is no question there is a tragedy here,” said Hubbell Losson, Perera’s attorney.

Perera is scheduled to reappear in court for a pre-trial detention hearing on Wednesday morning.





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