Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-515

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 26, 2013
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver suffers fatal injuries.
    • Tuesday
    • December 24, 2013
    • Time: 6:25 PM
    • Wilsky Blvd at exit ramp from Veterans


    Vehicle: 2010 Hyundai Sonata
    Driver: Ariana Alicia Garcia (deceased)
    DOB: 12/31/1990
    7707 Pinehurst Drive
    Springhill, FL 34606

    Passenger: Michael Everette Vowell (incapacitating injuries)
    DOB: 04/04/1989
    7707 Pinehurst Drive
    Springhill, FL 34606

    Vehicle: 2002 Chevrolet 2500 Pickup Truck
    Driver: Matthew Sanford Baker (no injuries)
    DOB: 09/01/1985
    9015 Hickory Circle
    Tampa, FL 33615


    On December 24, 2013 at approximately 6:25 p.m., Ariana Garcia was attempting to make a left turn onto Wilsky Boulevard from the Veterans Expressway. Garcia entered the path of Matthew Baker, who was northbound on Wilsky Boulevard. The truck driven by Baker, struck the driver's side of Garcia's vehicle. Garcia and her passenger were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. Garcia had life threatening injuries and expired on December 25, 2013. The passenger had incapacitating injuries. Baker submitted to a blood test although there were no indications of impairment.
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