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Tampa crash kills woman, injures three

TAMPA — A 49-year-old Tampa woman died Thursday evening at the scene of a traffic crash.

Tampa police say Betty Jean Tolbert was driving a Ford Taurus eastbound on E Ellicott Street around 8 p.m. when she collided with a 1994 Infinity J30 driven by James A. Canadiate, 29, of Tampa.

Police say Tolbert had stopped at a stop sign, but apparently failed to see Canadiate traveling northbound on 34th Street.

Canadiate and his two passengers — 3-year-old Elijah Canadiate and 35-year-old Kechia Fulks, who is pregnant — were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with injuries. Tampa police Lt. Lee Bercaw said they were going to someone's house when the accident happened.

The three were in stable condition, he said.

Bercaw said investigators were trying to determine if alcohol or speed were factors in the crash. "That's something we standardly check," he said.

The intersection was closed to traffic for several hours.

Tampa crash kills woman, injures three 11/26/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 10:06am]
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