Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Public safety

Tampa fugitive to be profiled on CNN's 'The Hunt with John Walsh'

TAMPA — Two years ago, Christopher Ponce got drunk and drove the wrong way on Interstate 275 in Tampa, authorities say, crashing head-on with a car and leaving a man dead. He was charged but before he could face trial, he skipped town.

Sunday, Ponce's face will go before a nationwide audience as the case is profiled on The Hunt with John Walsh, a CNN series.

Walsh, best known as the host of America's Most Wanted, hosts the documentary-style series, which examines unsolved crimes and fugitive cases. The show includes reenactments and interviews with investigators and the family members of victims.

"There is no question who the bad guy is in this case," Walsh said in a preview for Sunday's show. "The question is where is he?"

Ponce, 24, faces DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges in the July 19, 2012, death of 20-year-old William Angel. That night, authorities say he drove south in the northbound lanes of I-275, near downtown Tampa, and smashed into the car carrying William and two other men. While out on bail, Ponce cut off an electronic monitoring bracelet he was ordered to wear and disappeared.

Sunday's program features interviews with William's parents, Wade and Lynn Angel of Wesley Chapel, and Jay Davis, one of the men who survived the crash.

The show is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Sunday on CNN.

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