Florida girl who played football, wanted to be a Marine is killed by suspected drunken driver

NBC News | 7/2/2019 | Staff
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A 17-year-old girl who played football and aspired to enlist with the Marines was killed by a suspected drunken driver, Florida authorities said Tuesday.

Sophia Delott was riding her bicycle in the bike lane on the Indian Rocks Causeway Bridge, about 20 miles west of St. Petersburg, at 10:30 p.m. on Friday. She was struck by a 2014 BMW 320i driven by Neil Singhal, 69, according to a statement by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Department.

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Delott's bicycle did have front and rear lights.

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"Witnesses say Singhal’s vehicle veered into the bicycle lane and struck Delott, ejecting her from the bicycle," according to the sheriff. "Delott sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital, where she was later pronounced deceased."

Singhal was not injured.

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"Investigators say impairment was a factor in the crash," the sheriff said of Singhal, who was booked on suspicion of DUI manslaughter.

Delott was the...
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