Collier County woman faces vehicular homicide charge for wrong-way crash

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Justine Fagan, 47. Credit: Collier County Sheriff’s Office

A Collier County woman faces a vehicular homicide charge after being arrested Thursday in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed a woman from Cape Coral in January.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Justine Fagan, 47, was driving a Lexus sedan north in the southbound lane of Everglades Boulevard North around 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 27, actively passing other traffic as she approached 43rd Avenue Northeast in Golden Gate Estates. Maria Fernanda Valdiviezo Solis, 20, stopped her Toyota sedan for the posted stop sign on 43rd Avenue Northeast before starting a left turn onto Everglades Boulevard North. She was driving from a friend’s house to go to work at Arthrex.

Fagan’s northbound car T-boned the left side of Solis’ turning car. Both cars came to rest on the grass shoulder. Solis was declared dead at the scene.

The scene of a deadly wrong-way crash on Everglades Boulevard North, Jan. 27, 2022. Credit: Florida Highway Patrol

According to the Florida Highway Patrol’s arrest affidavit, Fagan was driving 87 mph in a 45 mph zone, a residential portion of Everglades Boulevard where children were being unloaded from school buses. The crash itself took place in front of a stopped school bus.

A June 2 toxicology report showed oxycodone, amphetamine and methadone in Fagan’s blood. She is currently in custody at the Collier County Jail.

Fagan’s bond has been set at $75,000.

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