Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Tampa woman arrested in hit-and-run crash that killed two

TAMPA — A woman accused of fleeing from an October crash that left two people dead and a third person injured turned herself in Monday to face criminal charges in connection with the crash, state troopers said.

Amanda Angelica Diaz, 23, of Tampa faces felony charges of leaving the scene of an accident with death and injury and driving without a valid license in connection with the Oct. 6 crash.

Late that evening, Diaz was headed north in a 2010 Hyundai Accent on Dale Mabry Highway, south of Busch Boulevard, when she slammed into the back of a moped carrying three people, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The moped driver, 19-year-old Cameron Michael Maddox, and his two passengers, 16-year-old Michael Anthony Garcia and 14-year-old Claudia Gelpi, were thrown onto the highway.

Gelpi fell into the path of Kia Optima in the adjacent lane and was run over, troopers said. She died at the scene. Garcia and Maddox were both taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries. Garcia later died.

After the crash, Diaz drove home, where troopers later tracked her down. She was not injured. A lengthy investigation led to her arrest.

Diaz turned herself in about 9 a.m. at the Orient Road Jail, where she was booked and held on $19,000 bail. In addition to the criminal charges, she received citations for careless driving, no proof of insurance and failure to render aid.

Her state driving record shows a litany of prior run-ins on the road. In 2012, she received multiple citations related to speeding and was involved in two crashes, according to state records. Her license was suspended that year because she failed to get auto liability insurance. The license was not reinstated.

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