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Tampa woman accused of causing fiery crash, fleeing scene

TAMPA — A Tampa woman faces four charges after, deputies say, she caused two separate crashes — one in which a truck caught fire.

At about 3 p.m. Thursday, Myret Panade, 28, rear-ended a Honda Accord that was stopped ahead of her on Sheldon Road near Waters Avenue, deputies say. Panade drove around the Accord and kept going.

About a mile north, she hit a truck as she tried to pass it, deputies say. The truck flipped and caught fire.

People nearby put out the fire. But Panade jumped out of her car, which had been disabled, deputies say, took the tag off her car and ran.

Deputies with police dogs caught up to her about 30 minutes later in a wooded area near Sheldon Road and Linebaugh Avenue.

The driver of the Accord wasn't injured, deputies say, but the truck's driver, Galen Moore, of Tampa, suffered some cuts. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital.

Panade faces charges of driving without a license, leaving the scene of a crash with injury, obstructing or opposing an officer without violence and careless driving.

She was released from jail early Friday on $2,750 bail.

Records show she spent 10 months in prison, starting in June 2007, on grand theft and nine counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

She hasn't had a valid driver's license since March 2010, according to state records.

Times news researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at jvandervelde@tampabay.com or (813) 226-3433.

Tampa woman accused of causing fiery crash, fleeing scene 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 10:55pm]
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