Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Public safety

Two pedestrians each hit twice by cars and killed in Tampa

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TAMPA — Two pedestrians were each struck twice and killed in separate crashes Saturday night.

In one crash, both drivers stopped.

In the other, both fled.

One of those hit-and-run drivers later turned himself in and faces charges. But authorities were still searching Sunday night for the other.

The episodes began at 9:45 p.m. Saturday with the hit-and-run crash.

A pedestrian walking north across Fletcher Avenue near Cecelia Street was struck by a westbound Buick, deputies said. The collision pushed the pedestrian into another lane of traffic, where she was struck by another vehicle. Both vehicles fled.

The pedestrian, who name was not released, died at the scene. Deputies did not say whether she had been in a crosswalk.

Around midnight, the Buick's driver, 27-year-old Javier Fernandez of Tampa, turned himself in to deputies at a district office.

Fernandez faces charges of leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving without a valid driver's license. He remained in Hillsborough County jail on $15,250 bail.

Deputies were still searching for the second vehicle in that crash. They described the car as a black Nissan Maxima with tinted windows, a sun roof and an orange-and-black speciality Florida tag. The car may have some damage to the undercarriage.

In the second incident Saturday, two vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian crossing Waters Avenue around 11 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The pedestrian was walking north across the street, not in a crosswalk, the patrol said. He was hit by a car traveling west on Waters, near the intersection with Manhattan Avenue. Then a second westbound car ran over him.

The pedestrian, a 59-year-old man, died at the scene. His name also has not been released.

The patrol identified the first driver as Ozren Letic, 24, of Seminole. The second driver was Jason D. George, 34, of Odessa. Both drivers were uninjured.

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