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FHP: Motor scooter driver, passenger dead after collision in Hillsborough County

No charges were filed in the incident, according to the FHP report.
The Chevrolet truck involved in a Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 accident that left two dead. Credit: Florida Highway Patro
Published Jan. 13

A collision involving a motor scooter and truck Saturday afternoon north of Tampa left two people dead, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Valentina Llanos, 17, of Coral Springs, and Natalia Luna, 19, of Tampa, died in the accident. Llanos perished at the scene; Luna was taken to an area hospital, where she died from her injuries.

At about 4:30 p.m., the motor scooter driven by Llanos was traveling westbound on Garland Court approaching Florida Avenue, according to an FHP report. Luna was a passenger on the scooter.

The scooter turned left from Garland Court into the path of a Chevrolet pickup truck traveling northbound on Florida Avenue.

The scooter hit the truck's side, ejecting both Llanos and Luna.

The driver of the pickup, 46-year-old Peter Collum Taffee II, of Spring Hill, and his 33-year-old passenger, Christopher Barnett of Land O' Lakes, were not injured.

No charges were filed in the incident, according to the FHP report.

Both Llanos and Luna were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

Times staff writer Kirby Wilson contributed to this report.

Contact Jack Evans at Follow @JackHEvans.


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