Motorist charged with DUI manslaughter during police pursuit


WILDWOOD, Fla. — A 23-year-old man was charged with DUI manslaughter early Tuesday after he allegedly plowed his vehicle into a second vehicle while fleeing state troopers in Sumter County.

Kristi Reed, 61, of Homosassa Springs, died on the scene.

The suspect, Troy Kinkade, of Plant City, also was charged vehicular homicide, driving while license suspended involving a death and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death as well as felony warrants that included resisting an officer with violence.


Kinkade remained in the Sumter County jail late Tuesday without bail.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, a trooper was conducting speed enforcement at the Sumter-Marion County line on Interstate 75  in Wildwood just before 6 a.m. Tuesday, when he clocked a southbound Nissan Altima at 92 mph.

The trooper tried to overtake the 2017 Altima, which was being driven by Kinkade, only for the suspect to “abruptly” exit the interstate at State Road 44.

The report adds Kinkade then ran the red light at the exit and slammed into a 2006 Toyota Camry, driven by Reed.

Kinkade then allegedly jumped out of his car and ran before the trooper caught him on foot.

Kinkade and his three passengers sustained minor injuries. The passengers, Shannon Waldron, 35 Lucas Dees, 17, and Archie Davis, 33, were taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center and Kinkade was driven to jail.

Reed was alone in her vehicle.