Deltona woman faces DUI manslaughter charge in connection with February 2021 crash

Laurie A. Colletti, 57, was arrested Wednesday

Laurie A. Colletti, 57, was arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2021 crash that killed a 31-year-old man. (Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

DELTONA, Fla. – A 57-year-old woman was arrested Wednesday in connection with a Deltona crash that killed a man over a year ago, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.

Laurie A. Colletti, of Deltona, faces a DUI manslaughter charge in a crash that killed a 31-year-old pedestrian back in February 2021, deputies said.

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According to investigators, a warrant was issued for Colletti earlier in April when detectives received medical documents showing her blood alcohol content level was .144, nearly double Florida’s legal limit, at the time of the crash.

The initial investigation began on Feb. 24, 2021, when deputies responded after John G. Ramos was struck by a car around 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of North Normandy Boulevard and Merrimac Street in Deltona, the sheriff’s office said.

According to deputies, witnesses said Ramos had bent over and was struck while holding a skateboard upon standing back up. Bystanders immediately began performing CPR on Ramos, who was then transported to the hospital by Deltona fire officials.

He died of his injuries later that same night, deputies said.

Investigators said neither Colletti or the passenger in the car she was driving were injured and Colletti was released the night of the crash as deputies awaited toxicology results.

Colletti is currently held in the Volusia County jail on a $10,000 bond.

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