Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

TGH nurse charged with leaving scene of fatal Tampa crash

TAMPA — A registered nurse employed by Tampa General Hospital was charged Saturday with leaving a crash the night before that killed a 60-year-old homeless man.

Danielle Nichole Goeller, 26, of 700 S Harbour Island Blvd., was booked into the Orient Road Jail, her bail set at $15,000.

Tampa police reported that a motorist traveling east on Kennedy Boulevard at Tampania Avenue hit a pedestrian who had stepped into the roadway. Afterward, the driver first slowed down but then accelerated, police said.

Police identified the pedestrian as Philip Richard Barrett, whose address was described as "at large." He died at the scene.

On Saturday morning, a security guard reported a damaged 2008 Volvo S40 in a Harbour Island parking lot. Investigators concluded that it was the vehicle driven in the crash and learned that Goeller owned it.

They interviewed her and then arrested her at 12:28 p.m.

They also seized the Volvo and evidence from inside Goeller's apartment.

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