News Releases are to be used for informational purposes only.
Information provided should not be relied upon for any type of legal action.
Driver faces additional charges after toxicology results revealed his blood alcohol level was .105 nearly four hours after the crash.
Donald Ward's toxicology results revealed that his blood alcohol level was .105 nearly four hours after the crash. Ward turned himself in on August 19, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. He was charged with DUI With Serious Bodily Injury and DUI With Property Damage.
Anne Marie Fanning
2617 Dewberry Street
Donald A. Ward
4736 School Road
Land O Lakes, FL
- Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury
- DUI with Serious Bodily Injury
- DUI with Property Damage
On July 27, 2013 at approximately 11:28 p.m., Anne Fanning was driving a 2003 Mazda 4door eastbound on the Brandon Parkway Extension at approximately 40 MPH. Donald Ward was driving a 2007 GMC Envoy southbound on Providence Road at approximately 45 MPH. Ward failed to stop at the stop sign, crossed the westbound lanes, struck the raised median and struck Fanning's Mazda in her
driver's door with the front of the Envoy.
Fanning's vehicle caught fire and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office patrol units used 6 fire extinguishers to keep the fire from spreading to the cab of the Mazda until County Fire arrived at the scene. Fanning was transported to Tampa General and is in critical condition with internal injuries.
Ward fled south from the scene on foot. Dep. Perdomo & K9 Deuce along with Air Service arrived to search for Ward. K9 Deuce tracked south from the scene to a retention pond that was surrounded by thick brush, but was unable to locate Ward's exact location. As the K9 team attempted to locate a track leaving the area, Pilot O'Shannon located Ward with the FLIR at the edge of the pond, hiding under the brush and vines. O'Shannon guided the K9 team to the area. As Ward jumped into the water, K9 Deuce grabbed his hand, but was unable to hold him. Ward swam under water to the middle of the pond, but quickly surrendered when he surfaced. Ward was treated at the scene for minor injuries to his hand. He was arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury. He emanated a strong odor of alcohol after the interview, but refused to submit to any field sobriety tests. BAC and further charges are
pending toxicology results.