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Troopers identify woman, child in fatal Ruskin crash

Ruskin — Troopers have identified the woman who died and toddler who was critically injured in a Friday afternoon crash with a semitrailer at U.S. Highway 301 and 19th Avenue NE.

At about 3 p.m., 52-year-old Tonya R. Brown was driving a 1995 four-door Toyota east on 19th Avenue, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Larry Kraus. For unknown reasons, Brown didn't stop at the intersection of U.S. 301, instead veering into the southbound and northbound lanes and into a grass ditch.

The car kept sliding and crashed into a billboard trailer that was about 300 feet off the road, Kraus said.

Brown and her passenger, 4-year-old Deasia Brown, both of Ruskin, were taken to Tampa General Hospital.

Tonya Brown died. Deasia was listed in serious condition Saturday, but details about the child's injuries were not released.

The relationship between the woman and child was unclear.

Troopers identify woman, child in fatal Ruskin crash 06/26/10 [Last modified: Saturday, June 26, 2010 8:38pm]
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