Dianna Faso MUG

Dianna Faso

A Floral City woman was arrested on charges accusing her of driving under the influence in June 2019 and causing a crash in Inverness that killed two people.

Dianna M. Faso, 59, turned herself into the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, agency spokeswoman Jodi Sanders said Thursday.

Following investigations by the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), a warrant was issued Monday for Faso’s arrest, charging her with two counts of DUI manslaughter, according to court filings.

Court records show Faso posted bail Wednesday on a total $60,000 bond. Faso will be arraigned on her second-degree felonies March 9.

FHP’s crash report shows Faso had methamphetamine and amphetamine in her system June 28, 2019, when she was driving a Ford F-150 truck south on U.S. 41, approaching Highland Boulevard.

She ran a red light at the intersection and collided with a Toyota RAV4 turning left onto Highland Boulevard from U.S. 41, according to FHP's report.

Joy C. Peterkin, the Floral City 75-year-old driving the Toyota, was transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center with serious injuries.  

Peterkin’s passenger, 90-year-old Salem Edward Chard, died at the scene. Peterkin died Sept. 8, 2019, at an Inverness-area rehab facility, according to FHP.

Emergency responders transported Faso to Citrus Memorial Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Contact Chronicle reporter Buster Thompson at 352-564-2916 or bthompson@chronicleonline.com.

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