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One dead, one injured in Tampa collision with FedEx truck

TAMPA — They were likely headed home from an early dinner.

Jose Veciana, 89, loved to eat out, and his daughter made sure he got what he wanted. She had ever since he began to show the early stages of Alzheimer's disease and she asked her father to move in with her.

Their family doesn't know why it happened, only that police say at about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jeanette Aguiar's car drifted into oncoming traffic on Armenia Avenue near Linebaugh Avenue and collided with a FedEx truck.

Paramedics rushed the father and daughter to St. Joseph's Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The father died.

The daughter, 57, remained in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. Her mother, Norma Williams, doesn't expect Aguiar to make it.

"It doesn't look good," Williams said, crying. "We just keep praying and praying."

She is no longer married to Veciana. Her daughter recently took him in.

The new arrangement was difficult for Aguiar, who suffers from back problems so severe she hasn't been able to work in five years. Still, she wanted to take care of her father, a retired developer, said Williams, 86.

They lived together in a home near the Lowry Park Zoo, not far from the crash site.

And though Aguiar had to leave her job with Coca-Cola because of her back, she still worked from home making jewelry, her mother said.

Family members were with Aguiar through the night. She has three brothers, one sister and an adult son who lives in Louisiana, Williams said.

Yidier Morales, 42, the FedEx driver, and his passenger, Patrick McHayle, 38, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

Tampa police are still investigating the collision and ask that witnesses call the department at (813) 231-6130.

One dead, one injured in Tampa collision with FedEx truck 06/15/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 11:54pm]
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