Woman charged with DUI manslaughter in motorcyclist's death

Clearwater, Florida -- Clearwater Police have charged 47-year-old Casandra Hafford in the death of 24-year-old Michael Ballard stemming from a crash Sunday night.

Police say Hafford showed signs of impairment at the scene and admitted to drinking alcohol before crashing into Ballard on Missouri Avenue at Belleair Road. Traffic homicide investigators say Hafford pulled out in front of Ballard's motorcycle as she tried to turn onto Belleair Road.

Ballard died at Morton Plant Hospital shortly after the crash.

The intersection was closed around 9:40 p.m. Sunday for about three hours while traffic homicide crews investigated.


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