Woman charged for DUI manslaughter in Micco collision

April Gielow, 44, of Vero Lake Estates, has been charged with DUI manslaughter in Micco, Florida.
April Gielow, 44, of Vero Lake Estates, has been charged with DUI manslaughter in Micco, Florida.

MICCO – April Gielow, 44, of Vero Lake Estates, has been charged in the death of a Palm Bay teen after crashing into a vehicle he was a passenger in last October in Micco, Florida, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Gielow had a blood-alcohol content level of .285 after the Oct. 26 head-on collision, the agency said. Gielow was charged with DUI, DUI Manslaughter, DUI Damage to Person of Another, and DUI Serious Bodily Injury.

The head-on collision happened at approximately 9 p.m. on Babcock Street, just north of Micco Road. Troopers say Gielow was traveling north on Babcock when she moved into the southbound lane and struck a vehicle driven by John Byrd, 18, of Palm Bay.

A passenger in Byrd’s vehicle, 17-year-old Zachary O’Quinn, died in the head-on collision. Byrd suffered minor injuries.

Geilow is being held at the Brevard County Jail on $104,000 bond.

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