Teen Pedestrian in Hit-and-Run Crash Dies, Driver Faces Upgraded Charge
Tampa, FL (2/10/2020) – A Tampa driver now faces a higher charge after leaving the scene of an accident which killed a 14-year-old girl earlier this month. The hit-and-run occurred around 7:15 p.m. on January 31 near the intersection of 15th Street and 122nd Avenue.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office states that Nakeeba Ryan, 24, was driving her Chevrolet Equinox south on 15th Street and struck Asucena Gomez-Hernandez, 14, who was crossing the street with friends. According to investigators and witnesses, Ryan got out of her SUV, walked over the girl, and assessed the damage of her vehicle. Ryan then moved her Chevy to a nearby parking lot and fled the scene.
When emergency services arrived, they took Gomez-Hernandez to Tampa General Hospital. She was pronounced dead four days later.
Ryan now faces a first degree felony charge of leaving the scene of a crash involving a death, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
At the time of the accident, she worked in a customer call center for the Department of Children and Families, which offers an economic self-sufficiency program to Tampa families in need. She was immediately fired after being arrested.
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Source: Tampa Bay Times