The Fort Myers Police Department would like to report the arrest of Leslie Joe Zeagler (W/F DOB: 2/28/1990). The arrest of Zeagler in is connection with a fatal traffic crash that took place on February 17, 2020, where her 3-year-old daughter, Serenity Robinson, was killed.
Zeagler was traveling eastbound on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd near Rockfill road when she blacked out, left the roadway and struck several trees. During the crash, the vehicle rolled over, and Serenity was ejected. Serenity was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with life threating injuries and shortly after died. Zeagler and her passenger, Carly Hartnett 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.
This morning, Zeagler turned herself in and was charged with the following:
- 1. Florida State Statue 782.07(3) – A person who causes the death of any person under the age of 18 by culpable negligence under s. 827.03(2)(b) commits aggravated manslaughter of a child.
- 2. Florida State Statue 316.193(3)(c)(3) – Driving under the influence; the death of any human being or unborn child commits DUI manslaughter.
- 3. Florida State Statue 322.34(2) – Driving while license suspended, revoked, or canceled with knowledge.
The senseless death of Serenity is one that certainly could have been avoided. The Fort Myers Police Department reminds motorist not to drive while impaired and certainly not with a restrained or unrestrained child in the car.
At the time of her death, Serenity was the 12th person to die on Lee County roads this year out of 406 in the state. So far this year 807 motorists have died in traffic crashes in Florida.