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Cape woman charged in crash that fatally injured toddler

By Staff | Apr 21, 2020

A Cape Coral woman has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide in a traffic crash that fatally injured her unrestrained daughter.

Fort Myers police arrested Leslie Joe Zeagler, 30, on Monday in connection with the single-vehicle crash that happened Feb. 17 along Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard. Zeagler blacked out, ran off the road and struck several trees before the vehicle rolled over, ejecting three-year-old Serenity Robinson, according to a release from the FMPD issued Monday.

Serenity was critically injured and died at Lee Memorial Hospital.

Zeagler and another passenger were treated and released with minor injuries.

“The subsequent investigation found that there was no child restraint device in the vehicle as required by law and that Serenity was not restrained at the time of the crash. Further, Zeagler was found to be impaired by multiple controlled substances while operating the motor vehicle at the time of the crash,” the release states.

Zeagler turned herself in Monday morning and was charged with homicide-negligent manslaughter (aggravated of a child); homicide-negligent manslaughter (DUI manslaughter); and driving while license suspended, revoked, or canceled with knowledge.

She remained in the Lee County Jail Tuesday morning. Bond had not yet been set.