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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-296

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 29, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Offic : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Traffic Crash With Serious Injuries

    The suspect fled the scene on foot but was quickly apprehended and arrested.
    • Saturday
    • July 27, 2013
    • Time: 11:28 PM
    • Brandon Parkway

    Victim:

    Anne Marie Fanning
    DOB: 9/6/90
    2617 Dewberry Street
    Valrico, FL

    Vehicle:

    • 2003 Mazda 4door

    Suspect:


    Donald A. Ward
    DOB: 10/4/74
    4736 School Road
    Land O Lakes, FL

    Vehicle:

    • 2007 GMC Envoy

    Charge:

    • Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injury

    Details:

    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 Hillsborough 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.

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