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Man charged after Delray Beach crash killed 25-year-old woman – Sun

A Delray Beach man’s blood alcohol content was over twice the legal limit after he crashed his Fiat into a canal bridge, killing his 25-year-old passenger, police said.

Charles Worsham, Jr., 28, was arrested Friday in connection with the Oct. 6 crash on Old Germantown Road near Hampton Bridge Road in Delray Beach.

Amanda Patterson, 25, died at the scene after she was thrown from the vehicle, according to a Delray Beach police arrest report.

Patterson, of Lake Worth, had worked as a manager at the Banana Boat restaurant in Boynton Beach, the arrest report stated.

Worsham was driving a 2013 Fiat 500 at 85 mph on Old Germantown Road when it hit the concrete wall on the south side of the canal bridge before flipping three times and hitting a tree.

Worsham, who lives less then a mile from the crash site, was injured and taken to Delray Medical Center.

At the hospital, according to the arrest report, an officer could smell alcohol on Worsham, who was unconscious.

Worsham’s blood was tested, and it allegedly had a blood alcohol content of .171, more than twice the .08 legal limit.

Officers spoke to several people who had witnessed Worsham’s drinking throughout the day, according to the report. Worsham was seen having drinks at brunch, at a barbecue and at a Delray Beach restaurant.

After leaving the restaurant with Patterson, he drove to a Shell gas station at 2100 West Linton Boulevard. Two other friends followed behind on a motorcycle.

Surveillance video shows Patterson and Worsham getting into the Fiat and leaving the gas station at 11:05 p.m., four minutes before the crash.

Worsham was released from custody Saturday after his bail was set at $100,000, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office booking blotter.

He faces charges of DUI manslaughter by negligence and vehicular homicide

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