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GAINESVILLE — Authorities say Taylor Astin Swilley, 20, was impaired by methamphetamine during an Easter crash.

A Micanopy man was arrested Friday on DUI manslaughter and other charges relating to a crash on Easter that killed his infant daughter and another child on State Road 26 east of Gainesville.ktdjjdjdjhdjdjh

Authorities believe Taylor Astin Swilley, 20, was impaired by methamphetamine at the time, according to the Gainesville Police Department. Swilley’s 4-month-old daughter, Faith, and Steven Morton, 6, were killed in the March 27 crash.

“During the general crash investigation, (Swilley) said that he was driving his vehicle ‘blacked-out,'” GPD Officer John O’Ferrell wrote in his report. “(Swilley) remembered his wife … putting on her makeup, then the next thing he remembers is regaining consciousness after his vehicle had crashed.”

The crash happened at about 12:31 p.m.

The 2003 Kia Sorrento, driven by Swilley, was northbound on SR 26 near the Gum Root Swamp conservation area when it veered across the road’s center line and into the southbound lane. It collided head-on with a 2006 Toyota Corolla, in which little Steven Morton was a passenger, police said. The impact sent the Toyota off the road.

Meanwhile, the Kia struck another car — a 2007 Toyota Scion — and both cars swerved off the road. The crash blocked State Road 26 from Copeland Road to the intersection of 39th Avenue.

Steven Morton and Faith Swilley were taken to the hospital. Steven died that day, and Faith died four days later.


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