Charges filed in deadly crash

Deputies say the BMW tumbled 291 feet. The passenger was killed.

By ABBIE VANSICKLE, Times Staff Writer
Published November 17, 2007

TAMPA - Deputies say a 21-year-old Gibsonton woman was speeding when she drove off the road Oct. 25, striking four posts and killing the passenger in the car.

Brittany Romer of 9410 Bullfrog Court turned herself in to jail Friday on a charge of vehicular homicide, jail records show. She was released after posting $25,000 bail.

Deputies say Romer was speeding when the 2007 BMW convertible she was driving went off the road near Surfside Boulevard, struck four posts and flew into the air, tumbling 291 feet before coming to rest.

The car's passenger, Rachel M. Morris, 20, of Riverview, died in the crash.

Deputies say Romer was speeding, traveling between 60 and 84 miles per hour when the crash occurred.

Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said the two women were friends.

No one answered the door at Morris' address, a suburban home on a quiet street. At Romer's home, a tidy yellow house near Interstate 75, a woman told a reporter the family had no comment.

Romer has no criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. She has three traffic citations, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

The citations are for failing to observe a stop sign, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone, records show. Adjudication was withheld in each citation.

News researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Abbie VanSickle can be reached at vansickle@sptimes.com or 813-226-3373.