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Few leads in hit-run fatality

TAMPA — Detectives want to know who killed Wendy Irene Anthony.

The 43-year-old Tampa woman was found Saturday morning, lying on the side of the road with critical injuries from a hit-and-run vehicle.

Anthony, who was hearing-impaired, died late Monday at Tampa General Hospital, increasing detectives' interest in finding the person behind the wheel of the pickup they think struck her.

A Hillsborough sheriff's spokeswoman said the accident happened at County Road 579 north of Sligh Avenue, just before she was found at 7:24 a.m. Saturday.

Detectives think the vehicle was a 1994 to 2001 Dodge Ram pickup of unknown color.

Anthony was last seen leaving her home at 5419 Mobile Villa Drive at 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Mother Jan Anthony said her daughter was distant from the family throughout her adulthood, leaving the family to see her far less than they wanted.

Though the mother declined to speak at length about her daughter, she did say she hopes detectives get answers: "We would like for the mystery to be resolved."

Arrest records indicate Wendy Anthony had several run-ins with deputies. In 2004, she pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic battery and in 2006 to possession of drug paraphernalia.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200.

Few leads in hit-run fatality 09/24/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 30, 2008 2:36pm]
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