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Plant City man dies in crash, another man charged

PLANT CITY — A 24-year-old man died and another was criminally charged after they crashed on U.S. 92 and the surviving motorist left the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

About 7 p.m. Friday, a 1997 Honda Accord turned left out of the Plaza Mexican parking lot to head west on U.S. 92. The driver, Rodolfo Bautista Perez, of Plant City, pulled out in front of a motorcycle, according to the FHP.

The motorcyclist, Jake Delvalle, of Plant City, locked up his brakes and careened into the Honda. When the two hit, troopers said, Delvalle was thrown from the motorcycle, and Perez kept driving.

A third vehicle, a Ford Explorer driven by 21-year-old Bonnie Banda, of Dover, then came upon the crash and also struck the motorcycle, troopers said.

Paramedics pronounced Delvalle dead at the scene.

Troopers later tracked down Perez and arrested him on charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving death and operating a vehicle without a drivers license. He was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail, where he remains in lieu of $17,000 bail.

Perez, Banda and Perez's passenger, 23-year-old Rafael Bautista, were not injured.

Plant City man dies in crash, another man charged 02/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 5:56pm]
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