Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Sheriff’s Deputy in Hillsborough County

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Erik Abrahamson, J.D. January 02, 2020

Seffner, FL (12/29/2019) – A crash early Saturday morning left a woman visiting from Michigan dead. The crash happened on Williams Road between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and US-92 at around 2:00 a.m.

The 22-year-old victim, Marissa Berry, was visiting family for the holidays the night she died. While Marissa was crossing Williams Road, a police cruiser struck her. According to Chief Deputy Donna Lusczynski, the area of the accident is not well-lit and “[Marissa] was dressed in dark clothes.”

Detectives spoke with people related to Berry, who stated that her behavior was erratic that evening. The crash remains under investigation and the Hillsborough County officer involved is on leave.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by this tragedy. Pedestrian accidents like this one occur far too often in Florida. Police must investigate fatal pedestrian accidents to understand the cause of the crash. Then the responsible party can be identified and, if warranted, held accountable.

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Sources: Fox 13 Tampa Bay