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Upgraded Felony Charges For Tampa Woman After Girl She Allegedly Struck Dies

A Tampa woman is facing a felony charge after a child she allegedly struck died in hospital.

The 24-year-old woman was driving along 15th Street in the early evening of January 31 when investigators say she struck a 14-year-old girl who was crossing in the middle of the street with companions.

According to investigators, the defendant stopped the SUV, visually examined the girl as she lie injured in the road, then took stock of the damage to her vehicle. She then drove to an adjacent parking lot, then allegedly left the lot without helping the injured girl or notifying authorities.

First responders arrived at the scene shortly after and transported the injured girl to a nearby hospital. Meanwhile, investigators say the defendant traveled to her boyfriend's house and again examined her SUV for damage.

Authorities say the girl survived in hospital for a few days, finally expiring on February 4.

Initially charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident, the defendant's charges were upgraded to leaving the scene of a crash involving death, which carries with it a possible prison sentence of 30 years upon conviction. She was released after posting a bond of $7,500.

The Virgin Island native was employed by the Department of Children and Families at the time of the incident, but she was fired from the position she'd held for almost a year as a result of the first set of charges.

The Law Offices of Bjorn Brunvand have been representing people charged with capital murder, felony drug charges, drunk driving, government fraud, and white-collar crimes for over a quarter century. Contact our office today to discuss your Tampa Bay-area state or federal charges.

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