Tampa Hit-and-Run Suspect Turns Herself in to the Police

Monday, January 27, a woman turned herself in at Orient Road Jail after she was accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident back in October, says the Tampa Bay Times. According to Florida troopers, the 23-year-old suspect was involved in a crash that killed two people and injured another. She has been charged with multiple felonies that include leaving the scene of an accident with death and injury, as well as driving without a valid license.

On October 6, the suspect was said to have crashed into a moped, throwing two of its three occupants out into the road. A 14-year-old passenger was run over by another car; she was pronounced dead at the scene. Both the driver and other passenger were hospitalized with severe injuries, and the passenger passed away at the hospital. The suspect was said to have gone home. She was the subject of an extensive investigation, which led to her turning herself in. On top of the criminal charges leveled at her, she also faces citations for careless driving, lack of insurance, and failure to render aid. She has been cited for traffic violations before, and has been in two other vehicle accidents. Her driver's license was suspended in 2012.

A hit-and-run charge is a serious matter, even when it only involves property damage. If someone is convicted of failing to stop at a crash where someone was injured, then they are being convicted of a third degree felony. This could mean up to 5 years in prison as well as up to $5,000 in fines. Someone is looking at a first degree felony if they have been charged with leaving the scene of a crash where someone died. The penalties if convicted could mean up to $10,000 in fines and as much as 30 years in prison.

If you or a loved face such devastating accusations, you need to work with a Tampa criminal lawyer who has a history of defending clients against serious charges. Get your free consultation with Thomas & Paulk, P.A. to learn how you could get the rigorous defense you deserve.