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Tampa crash kills woman, 55, on her birthday, officers say

The woman driving a Nissan Maxima was killed when she turned into the path of the person driving a Mercedes SUV. The Mercedes driver is not being charged with a crime.
A crash in Tampa killed a 55-year-old driver on her birthday Wednesday night, according to the Tampa Police Department.
A crash in Tampa killed a 55-year-old driver on her birthday Wednesday night, according to the Tampa Police Department. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and BOYZELL HOSEY | Times ]
Published Nov. 18

A 55-year-old woman was killed just before 11:30 p.m. Wednesday night when she was hit by the driver of a Mercedes SUV as she turned left from East Busch Boulevard onto North Nebraska Avenue, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Officers identified Alene Marie Folsom as the driver who was killed. Wednesday was her 55th birthday, police said.

Folsom was driving west on Busch Boulevard in her Nissan Maxima when she attempted to turn left onto Nebraska Avenue. The driver of the Mercedes was headed east on Busch Boulevard when Folsom crossed into their path, police said, and the driver of the Mercedes hit the Maxima.

Folsom was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Mercedes was taken to a local hospital. Tampa police have not released identifying information for the driver of the Mercedes SUV or provided an update on that person’s condition.

The driver is not expected to be charged with a crime, officers said.

Times staff writer Michaela Mulligan contributed to this report.

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