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Hit-run crash kills young mother in Brooksville

Trina Harvey, shown with daughter Valerie, 6, was killed Saturday while walking to her estranged husband’s house. 

Courtesy of Sunshine Harvey

Trina Harvey, shown with daughter Valerie, 6, was killed Saturday while walking to her estranged husband’s house. 

BROOKSVILLE — Trina Harvey was walking to her estranged husband's house early Saturday to check on him after he had been hospitalized hours earlier.

She never made it.

As Harvey was making the trip of less than a mile, the 27-year-old was struck at Cortez Boulevard and Horse Lake Road at 5:11 a.m. by a hit-and-run driver.

Discovered lying in the median of Cortez, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

She leaves behind two children, ages 6 and 7, said her husband, David Harvey.

Based on evidence from the crash, Brooksville police think Trina Harvey was hit by a Chevrolet Silverado pickup from the 2007 to 2012 model years. The front left of the truck, as well as the hood and the windshield, may have been damaged.

No arrests had been made as of Monday.

David Harvey said he had been treated at a hospital late Friday after being beaten up at a gathering, and Trina was on her way to visit him after he returned home.

He said he and Trina had been separated for about four months but were friends and shared custody of their children.

He said that although they had had their ups and downs, one thing remained constant: "She loved her kids," he said Monday. "She was a good mom."

David Harvey's sister-in-law, Sunshine Harvey, agreed. She said Trina Harvey was a proud and protective mother who would buy her children nice clothes and toys.

When it came to her daughter, Valerie, she loved to "dress her up all cute and girly," Sunshine Harvey said.

"She was confident in her abilities as a wife and mother, and she thought others should be as well," she said. "Whenever someone had a problem in their marriage, she would always encourage the wife involved to be the tough one. She never believed a woman should be weak in any way."

David Harvey said his wife was a stay-at-home mother. He said she was an upbeat person and a "good spark." She enjoyed going to the park with her kids.

He said he hopes authorities find the person responsible for her death.

"Turn yourself in," he said.

"She didn't deserve to die like that. She didn't deserve that."

Contact Danny Valentine at dvalentine@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1432. Tweet him @HernandoTimes.

Hit-run crash kills young mother in Brooksville 01/14/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 14, 2013 10:50pm]
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