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Man arrested for fleeing scene of fatal DUI Hillsborough crash

The man was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash
Shawna G. Smith's car after it overturned into the grass. [Courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol]

A 37-year-old woman is dead after her car was rear-ended and overturned on northbound Interstate 75 Sunday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shawna G. Smith, a 37-year-old from Wimauma, was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the crash.

Alberto Vigo, a 32-year-old from Bradenton, was traveling on I-75 north of Big Bend Road at around 7 a.m. In an attempt to pass Smith’s car, he hit the back of her 1997 Ford which made the car overturn into the grass, FHP said.

Alberto Vigo's car after he crashed into the back of another car, causing a fatality, according to FHP [Courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol]

Vigo was under the influence of alcohol, according to troopers.

After crashing into Smith’s car, Vigo kept driving for three miles before his 2005 Ford F150 shut down. He then ran on foot and was found by officers around the Ring Power Corporation building in Riverview.

Vigo was arrested on charges of DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death and driving with a suspended license involving a death. He was taken to the Hillsborough County jail.