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Brooksville woman convicted in construction worker’s death

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: October 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM

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A Brooksville woman has been convicted of DUI manslaughter in the death of a construction worker nearly two years ago, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

According to a report, on Nov. 8, 2011, Karen Marie Macchione, 47, was driving a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup west on Spring Hill Drive when she drove into a closed construction lane and struck Steven Eugene Thompson Jr., 28, a construction worker with Beesley Construction from Leesburg.

Thompson was taken to Spring Hill Regional, where he died from his injuries, FHP said.

A Hernando County jury found Macchione guilty Thursday. She faces up to 15 years in prison at her Nov. 26 sentencing.

Troopers testified that Macchione’s speech was slurred after the crash, and she seemed to be having trouble staying awake. Blood tests indicated that she had methadone in her system.

Macchione claimed she wasn’t impaired and that a ringing cell phone caused the crash.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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