FHP: Drunk driver kills Bradenton icon

4:59 PM, Dec 3, 2008   |    comments
Julissa Martinez
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Bradenton, Florida - Julissa Martinez, 20, has been charged with DWI manslaughter and driving without a license causing death after crashing into a car, and instantly killing the driver, last Friday.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol investigation, Martinez did not stop at the traffic light at the intersection of State Road 70 and 30th St. E.  She told authorities she had been drinking all night at the El Paisano Bar, where she also worked as a dancer.

The driver inside the stopped car was Mary Ann DeLazzer, 77, the longtime manager of the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen in Bradenton.

For decades, DeLazzer fed the needy and homeless.  A memorial mass is scheduled for Saturday at 1pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on 12th Avenue W. in Bradenton.  A gathering will follow at the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.

Meanwhile, Martinez remains in the Manatee County Jail on federal immigration issues.  Deputies say it's still undetermined whether Martinez was an illegal immigrant.

According to the FHP report, her blood alcohol level was 0.179 and she "giggled" during a field sobriety test. 




Florida Highway Patrol, Manatee Co. Sheriff's Office

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