TAMPA — A middle school science teacher faces criminal charges related to a car crash in May.
Cassandra Williams, 36, was arrested Thursday and released on $30,000 bail. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office charged her with leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor; and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.
Williams joined the Hillsborough County school district in 2007 and teaches science at Randall Middle School. She did not return a call for comment on Thursday. Her attorney, Ty Trainer, said Williams hired him in early June after a crash in which she hit a parked car. He said he believes the tampering charge stems from her attempt to sell the car she was driving, and that the other person involved is someone she knew.
There was no comment from the school district. Typically, teachers who are charged with felony crimes are suspended with pay until the School Board can vote on a suspension without pay. It then remains until the criminal case is decided.