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Chatham woman, 77, charged with manslaughter in motorcyclist’s death in Florida

A 77-year-old Chatham woman is accused of being drunk Saturday when the van she was driving in Florida veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a motorcycle driven by a North Carolina man who later died, authorities said.

Barbara Dunn was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter, DUI and DUI with property damage and booked at Volusia County Jail, according to a statement from Florida Highway Patrol.

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At about 9 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, Dunn was driving north on Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond Beach when her 2012 Chevrolet van crossed into the southbound lanes, where a group of motorcyclists were traveling, the statement said.

Two of the motorcycles braked and veered right to avoid the oncoming van, officials said. A third motorcycle, driven by Charles Bixler, 64, of Concord, N.C., who was wearing a helmet, collided with the van, according to police.

The other two motorcyclists suffered minor injuries authorities said. Results of blood alcohol level testing performed on Dunn should be available within eight to 10 weeks, said Sergeant Kim Montes, a spokeswoman for Florida Highway Patrol.

Matt Rocheleau can be reached at mjrochele@gmail.com.

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