Riverview man, 28, released from jail on bond after fatal hit-and-run crash

TAMPA — A Riverview man accused of causing a crash that killed a woman and fleeing to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was released from jail early Tuesday morning after posting a bond to cover his $250,000 bail.

Henry Michael Tippins, 28, was released at 1:40 a.m. from the Hillsborough County Jail, records show.

Tippins crashed Sunday evening into three vehicles, killing a retired Tampa city department supervisor and injuring two others, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Among the 12 charges he faces is DUI manslaughter.

Tippins was drunk as he drove the 2003 Hummer west on Hillsborough Avenue around 8:30 p.m., FHP said. He ran a red light at 56th Street, troopers said, and collided with three vehicles turning left.

One of them was a 2000 Honda CRV driven by Linda Diane Fessell, 64, of Plant City. She died at the scene.

Fessell had joined the city of Tampa in 1975 and worked throughout her career in human resources, retiring as a supervisor in March 2009.

After the crash, troopers said, Tippins continued driving to the casino parking lot, where authorities arrested him.

Riverview man, 28, released from jail on bond after fatal hit-and-run crash 12/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 10:03pm]

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