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One dead in Tampa Thanksgiving crash that also sends family of three to hospital

TAMPA – A Thanksgiving night car crash has left one person dead and three in the hospital, including a pregnant woman and a 3-year-old boy, police said.

The crash occurred at 34th Street and Ellicott Street at 8:03 p.m.

Here's what happened, according to police: Betty Jean Tolbert, 49, was driving a 2003 Ford Taurus east on Ellicott Street. She stopped at a stop sign and didn't see a 1994 Infinity J30, which was being driven by James Alexander Canadiate, 29.

Tolbert drove her car into the intersection and was hit by Canadiate. Tolbert was pronounced dead at the scene.

Canadiate and his pregnant wife, Kechia Fulks, 35, and son Elijah Canadiate, 3, were taken to St. Joseph's hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Police say Canadiate showed signs of alcohol impairment and his blood was taken. Police also say the speed of his car appears to have contributed to the crash.

The investigation is still continuing and charges are pending further investigation.

One dead in Tampa Thanksgiving crash that also sends family of three to hospital 11/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 27, 2009 9:29am]
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