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Updated: 08/01/2014 08:00:02AM

Crash claims roadside worker

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Christopher Best, 26, of Port Charlotte, was arrested on a DUI manslaughter charge after crashing his Oldsmobile into two roadside workers — killing one — late Wednesday on U.S. 41 in Charlotte Harbor.

SUN PHOTO BY PETER ARATARI

Christopher Best, who had his 6-year-old son with him, allegedly was intoxicated when he crashed Wednesday night.

By ADAM KREGER

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A Port Charlotte man has been charged with DUI manslaughter after striking and killing a roadside worker Wednesday night on northbound U.S. 41, just north of the Barron Collier Bridge, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

Christopher Allen Best, 26, had his 6-year-old son in the car with him when his Oldsmobile 88 struck two workmen just before 10 p.m. in Charlotte Harbor, pinning them against a stopped pickup that was in the inside lane with a flashing arrow on it warning traffic to move over a lane, the report shows. The workers — Jemel Gardner, 39, of Lehigh Acres, and Mark Andrew Caton, 22, of Punta Gorda — were taken to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers with life-threatening injuries.

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