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Pedestrian hit in Tuesday crash dies, driver charged with DUI manslaughter

TAMPA — A Tampa man died Friday night, three days after a driver swerved off the road and smashed a Chevrolet van into the bus stop bench where he was waiting, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Daryl Smith, 49, died at Tampa General Hospital.

Manuel Mendez-Hernandez, 35, of Tampa, was driving eastbound on Fletcher Avenue around 7:36 p.m. on Tuesday when he lost control of the car at 19th street and crashed into the bus stop bench, deputies said. He then fled the scene. Authorities arrested him at 22nd Street and 132rd Avenue.

Mendez-Hernandez was charged with DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash with injury and driving with no valid license.

Pedestrian hit in Tuesday crash dies, driver charged with DUI manslaughter 07/06/12 [Last modified: Friday, July 6, 2012 9:53pm]
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