VALRICO — Rhonda Gee, wife of Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, was released from Tampa General Hospital late Thursday after a known gang member T-boned her car, officials said.
Gee did not have any permanent injuries, just "bumps and bruises," said Sheriff's Office spokesman Larry McKinnon. He did not know whether Gee had suffered a concussion.
The crash that sent Gee to the hospital happened about 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Lithia-Pinecrest Road and Bloomingdale Avenue as Raul De Alejandro, 22, sped away from a Hess gas station parking lot with his 15-year-old sister in the car, McKinnon said.
De Alejandro, who McKinnon said is a member of the Dover Locos gang, got into a confrontation with the gas station cashier over her refusal to sell him a pack of cigarettes without photo identification, McKinnon said.
He threatened the clerk, peeled out of the lot, ran a red light and hit the passenger-side door of Rhonda Gee's car going about 15 to 20 mph, said sheriff's Maj. Clyde Eisenberg.
De Alejandro drove away but was caught after his car broke down about a mile from the collision, officials said.
The sheriff arrived at the scene and rode with his wife to the hospital. Gee planned to stay home Friday with his recovering wife.
De Alejandro was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, disorderly conduct, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and leaving the scene of a crash with injury.
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