Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-241

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 5, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Deputies Apprehend Hit And Run Driver

    Suspect struck a man sitting on a bus bench.
    • Tuesday
    • July 3, 2012
    • Time: 7:36 PM
    • 19th Street and Fletcher Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida

    Vehicle:

    • 2003 Chevrolet Van

    Driver:
     


    Manuel Mendez-Hernandez
    DOB: 2-5-87
    1206 – 140th Avenue, Apt. B
    Tampa, Florida

    Charges: 

    • Leaving the Scene of a crash with injury
    • DUI with serious injury
    • No Valid Drivers License

    Victim:
     

    Daryl Smith
    DOB: 9-17-62
    1908 – 131 Avenue
    Tampa, Florida

    Details:
     

    On July 3, 2012 at approximately 7:36 p.m., a 2003 Chevrolet van was eastbound on Fletcher Avenue. The driver swerved off the road at 19th Street and struck a bus stop bench occupied by Daryl Smith. Smith sustained serious injuries and was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he is listed in critical condition. The driver of the van fled the scene and was apprehended in the area of 22nd Street and 132 Avenue where he was arrested and transported to the Orient Road Jail.
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