Driver charged with DUI manslaughter in deadly I-275 crash in St. Pete

Malo Blackshear, jail booking photo

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Petersburg man accused of crashing into a vehicle on I-275 and killing one person Tuesday morning has been charged with DUI Manslaughter. 

Florida Highway Patrol officials said Malo Blackshear blew twice the legal limit when troopers conducted a field sobriety test.

“The breathe test that came after that, which was a .14,” said Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

Troopers said Blackshear, 45, was speeding when he crashed his 2007 Mercedes sedan into the rear of Nona Evans at 3:37 a.m.

Kasey Gibson, 27, was in the passenger seat.

Officials said she died at the scene after both cars spun out on the highway, near 38th Avenue N.

Gibson’s mother, Sheila Brown, said she had just spoken with her daughter hours before.

“He took a lot from me, he took a lot from me, my kids and my grandkids,” said Brown. “Talking to her yesterday, talking to her last night to let her know like, ‘hey I’m home and the kids still up, so we gonna watch some TV and call it a night’ and like, that she’s gone. Just that quick.”

Brown said Gibson and Evans were on their way home from dropping off a friend.

“She was trying to get home, so she could get her kids up in the morning so she could go to school, so they could come in from school so they could go trick-or-treating,” said Brown.

Brown hopes her heartache keeps drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel.

“Just please, don’t do it, don’t do it. Get somewhere and sit down, lay down or whatever. Don’t do it, don’t try to drive somewhere,” she said.

Evans was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

Blackshear remains behind bars on a $10,000 bond.

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