TAMPA — A 14-year-old girl struck by a hit-and-run driver last month has died and the driver accused of hitting her now faces an upgraded charge, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Asucena Gomez-Hernandez was struck about 7:15 p.m. on Jan. 31 and died on Feb. 4, the Sheriff’s Office reported Monday. The Sheriff’s Office has not released the girl’s name because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, but the name is included in the arrest report for the woman accused of hitting her, 24-year-old Nakeeba Ryan of Tampa.
Ryan was driving a Chevrolet Equinox south on 15th Street near 122nd Avenue about 7:15 p.m. Thursday when she struck Gomez-Hernandez as the girl tried to cross the street in the middle of the block with friends, the report states.
Ryan stopped, got out of the SUV, walked over to the girl, then looked at the damage to the front of her SUV, the report says. She moved the Chevy to a parking lot, then left the scene without helping the girl or calling 911. After leaving the scene, Ryan drove to her boyfriend’s house, where she again “reviewed the damage caused by the crash,” the report says. Gomez-Hernandez was taken to Tampa General Hospital.
Ryan is now charged with leaving the scene of a crash involving death, a first degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.
At the time of the crash, she worked for the Department of Children and Families in a customer call center in Tampa dealing with inquiries about an economic self-sufficiency program, a spokeswoman said. She was hired by the department in February 2019 and immediately fired after her arrest.