Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-247 (12-241)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 6, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Update To Hit And Run

    Charges upgraded to DUI Manslaughter.
    • Tuesday
    • July 3, 2012
    • Time: 7:36 PM
    • 19th Street & Fletcher Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida


    Victim Daryl Smith died July 6, 2012 as a result of his injuries. Mendez-Hernandez charges upgraded to DUI Manslaughter.


    • 2003 Chevrolet Van


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


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


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


    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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