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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-223

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 8, 2018
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    Traffic Fatality

    Pedestrian suffered fatal injuries.
    • Wednesday
    • March 7, 2018
    • Time: 7:20 PM
    • Waters Avenue

    Vehicle: 2003 Toyota SUV

    Driver: Cody M Smith, 31


    Marsha Wertz, 71


    On March 7, 2018 at 7:20 p.m., a 2003 Toyota SUV, driven by Mr. Cody Smith, was traveling westbound on Waters Avenue approaching Wilsky Boulevard in the center lane at approximately 40 MPH. Ms. Marsha Wertz was walking southbound across Waters Avenue, not at a crosswalk in a poorly lit area. Ms. Wertz was struck by Mr. Smith, and she died at the scene. No charges have been filed at this time, a final decision will be determined upon completion of the investigation.

    Next of kin has been notified.


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