Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 10-327

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 8, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Child Struck & Killed By Vehicle

    Driver of vehicle did not see the child and pulled out of driveway striking the child.
    • Monday
    • November 8, 2010
    • Time: 7:55 AM
    • 9417 Eastfield Road
    • Thonotosassa, FL


    Ulysiss Franklin, Jr. (fatality)
    DOB 05-25-09
    9417 Eastfield Road
    Thonotosassa, FL

    Shanita Claritt
    DOB 05-10-90
    9417 Eastfield Road
    Thonotosassa, FL


    Marcell Walsh
    DOB 01-05-79
    2105 Sterling Palms Court, #202
    Brandon, FL
    Vehicle: 1998 Lincoln Continental


    On November 8, 2010 at approximately 7:55 a.m., a crash occurred in the parking area of 9417 Eastfield Road. This crash occurred when Ulysiss Franklin got in front of a 1998 Lincoln Continental that was backed into a parking space. This Lincoln was parked next to Shanita Claritt’s vehicle. Shanita Claritt had walked out to her vehicle with Ulysiss and then walked to the dumpster without Ulysiss. The driver of the Lincoln was sitting in the driver’s seat engaged in a conversation with a neighbor while parked. The driver of the Lincoln pulled away after finishing his conversation with the neighbor and struck Ulysiss with the front of the vehicle.

    Ulysiss was transported to University Community Hospital where he died. An investigation by the Traffic Homicide Section is ongoing.

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