Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-421

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 12, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Traffic Fatality

    Traffic crash claims one life.
    • Sunday
    • December 11, 2011
    • Time: 5:28 PM
    • Sunset Lane and Hanna Road
    • Lutz, FL

    Vehicle #1:

    • 1996 Infinity Q45

    Driver #1:  

    Debra Jean Smith
    DOB: 04-06-1956
    338 Windwood Oaks Drive,  Apt. 102
    Tampa, FL
    Restrained by seatbelt, no injuries.

    Charges: DUI Manslaughter, DUI Personal Injury, and DUI Property Damage

    Vehicle #2: 

    • 1998 Oldsmobile LSS

    Driver #2:

    Helen Teresa Wallace
    DOB: 11-10-1940
    1654 Casler Court
    Clearwater,  Fl
    Seatbelt in use. Fatal Injuries



    Joan Ellen Clow
    DOB: 09-13-1940
    1348 Jeffords Road
    Clearwater,  FL
    Seatbelt in use, Non-incapacitating injuries.

    Vehicle #3

    • 2006 Volvo SW

    Driver #3: 

    Wanda Jean Johnson
    19221 Ridgelake Drive
    Lutz, Fl
    Seatbelt in use, not injured.


    On December 11, 2011 at approximately 5:28 p.m. a traffic crash occurred at the intersection of Sunset Lane and Hanna Road, in Lutz, Florida. The crash occurred as the result of a 1996 Infinity traveling northbound on Hanna Road and entering the intersection without stopping. The Infinity struck a 1998 Oldsmobile LSS in the driver's side with the front. Both vehicles were redirected to the north where the Oldsmobile struck a 2006 Volvo SW in the front causing minor damage. The driver of the Oldsmobile was transported to St Joseph's Hospital were she later succumbed to her injuries. The passenger in the Oldsmobile was also transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the Volvo was uninjured. The driver of the infinity was arrested for DUI at the scenes. The investigation continues.

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