Woman accused of driving in wrong lane on Alligator Alley, causing crash

A Fort Myers woman is facing three DUI-related charges after state troopers said she caused a head-on collision early Sunday on Alligator Alley.

Around 12:30 a.m., Florida Highway Patrol troopers got word of a Hyundai Elantra driving in the wrong lane on Interstate 75. The Hyundai later crashed into another car near mile marker 67.

Troopers said they found Casey Barker, 25, outside the Hyundai “extremely emotional” and unaware of what was happening. Barker later said she was headed home to Lehigh Acres from a party in Naples and had no idea how she ended up on Alligator Alley or in the wrong lanes of traffic, according to an arrest report.

The driver of the other car, Cayla Williams, 22, told troopers she was driving from St. Petersburg to Miami when she saw Barker’s car heading straight toward her. Williams said she tried to move out of the way but was unable to avoid being hit.

Barker was taken to Physician’s Regional Hospital to be treated for injuries. She refused a blood test at the hospital, troopers said.

The severity of Williams’ injuries was not clear from an arrest report.

Barker, of the 18200 block of Heather Road, faces charges of DUI, DUI property damage and DUI personal injury. As of Monday, she remained at the Naples Jail Center in lieu of bonds totaling $21,000.

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