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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-130

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 9, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Driver Flees The Scene Of Traffic Fatality

    Passenger suffers fatal injuries.
    • Saturday
    • April 7, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Harvest Home Court and 12th Street Southeast
    • Ruskin, Florida


    • 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Truck


    Melissa Banks
    DOB: 6/06/1986
    504 2nd Avenue NE
    Ruskin, Florida

    Passenger: (Fatality)

    Richard Guevera Trujillo
    DOB: 5/01/1985
    12305 Glenshire Drive
    Ruskin, Florida


    On April 7, 2012, at approximately midnight, Melissa Banks was driving a Chevrolet Pickup truck. Banks failed to navigate a corner on Harvest Home Court traveling from northbound to westbound. The passenger, Richard Trujillo was in the bed of the truck and fell out striking his head on the pavement. Trujillo was transported to South Bay Hospital and later moved to Tampa General Hospital where he died from his injuries.

    Melissa Banks left the incident scene on foot without rendering aid to the decedent and did not contact emergency services or law enforcement. She has an active warrant (unrelated to this incident) and no valid license.

    Anyone with any information reference Melissa Banks is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200.
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