Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Two dead in motorcycle, scooter crash in Tampa

TAMPA — David Troy Hood died on his birthday.

He was driving a 1986 Kawasaki motorcycle north on 22nd Street about 9 p.m. Sunday with his girlfriend, Amanda Rae Sarmiento.

As Hood continued onto the Causeway Boulevard bridge, he switched lanes and collided with a scooter, driven by Angel Felipe, that was also headed north.

Sarmiento and Hood were thrown from the motorcycle. A passing driver spotted the wreck and called 911.

Hood later died at Tampa General Hospital. On Sunday, he had turned 41.

Felipe, 54, died at the scene.

Hood's 19-year-old daughter, Ashley, said her father loved motorcycles and was cautious on the road. It was unclear Monday how fast Hood was traveling, but police said it was at a "high rate of speed." The bridge's speed limit is 55 mph.

"We're all kind of in a state of shock," Ashley said. "Especially on his birthday, it's even worse."

Hood lived with Sarmiento, 31, and their 3-year-old son, Dalton.

Sarmiento remained at Tampa General Hospital in critical condition Monday afternoon, police said.

When Ashley arrived at the hospital Sunday night, Sarmiento was taken to the intensive care unit and placed on life support, she said.

Felipe's family couldn't be reached for comment Monday. At the time of the crash, he was driving without a valid license, police said.

For Ashley, the pain of losing a parent is not unknown. Her mother died about three years ago due to pneumonia complications. She and her father had recently visited her mother's grave. "I'm completely heart-broken right now," Ashley said. "It was a freak accident that I wish didn't happen, but it did and lives were taken."

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Laura C. Morel can be reached at or (813)226-3386.

Two dead in motorcycle, scooter crash in Tampa 04/29/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 29, 2013 10:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Joe Maddon: What my time in Tampa Bay meant — and still means — to me

    The Heater

    Editor's note: The Rays next week in Chicago will meet up for the first time with former manager Joe Maddon, who is in his third year leading the Cubs after nine with the Rays. In advance of the Tuesday-Wednesday series, we asked Maddon to share his thoughts in a column on what his time in Tampa Bay meant to …

    Joe Maddon waits to greet B.J. Upton after Upton's home run in Game 2 of the ALCS in 2008 at Tropicana Field. [Times files (2008)]
  2. First WannaCry, now cyberattack Petya spreads from Russia to Britain


    Computer systems from Russia to Britain were victims of an international cyberattack Tuesday in a hack that bore similarities to a recent one that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

    A computer screen cyberattack warning notice reportedly holding computer files to ransom, as part of a massive international cyberattack, at an office in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday.  A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across Europe.
[Oleg Reshetnyak via AP]
  3. Pinellas sheriff's corporal had racist, sexist, pornographic content on his cell phone

    Public Safety

    LARGO — A Pinellas County sheriff's corporal resigned recently after an investigation into an alleged extramarital affair revealed a trove of racist, sexist and pornographic images on his personal cell phone.

    Shawn Pappas, 46, resigned as a training division corporal from the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office after an investigation revealed a trove of offensive images and videos on his phone. This photo was taken as a screenshot from one of the videos released by the Sheriff's Office that Pappas filmed while on duty. [Pinellas County Sheriff's Office]
  4. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine reflects on the news from the Congressional Budget Office analysis that could imperil GOP leaders' hopes of pushing their health care the plan through the chamber this week, Tuesday, on Capitol Hill in Washington. [AP photo]
  5. Review: Dan Auerbach, Benjamin Booker plumb the past for inspiration on new albums

    Music & Concerts

    It didn't take Benjamin Booker long to get lumped in with the greats. The Tampa-raised singer-songwriter's 2014 self-titled blues-punk debut brought widespread acclaim, not to mention an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, a tour with Jack White and sessions with Mavis Staples.

    The cover of Benjamin Booker's new album "Witness." Credit: ATO Records