On Saturday October 5th, a crash in Tampa left two moped riders dead and
a third seriously injured following a hit and run incident, according
to reports from the
Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). The crash occurred late Saturday night, just before midnight.
FHP troopers stated Cameron Maddox, 19, of Tampa, was carrying two passengers
on the back of a moped when a car struck them from behind. Maddox was
headed northbound on Dale Mabry, just south of Busch Boulevard. The moped
was hit from behind by a Hyundai Accent driven by Amanda Diaz, age 23.
The two passengers, Michael Garcia, 16, of Tampa and another unidentified
‘young female,’ were killed in the crash. As all three riders
were thrown from the moped, another passing vehicle ran over the female
passenger, killing her instantly. Maddox and Garcia were both transported
to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Maddox remains in serious condition, but
Garcia died from his injuries.
Both cars involved in the crash left the scene. However, troopers were
able to track down the driver of the Hyundai Accent, Diaz, at her residence,
using witness statements. The second driver has not been identified.
FHP did not arrest Diaz, but they say that a citation and charges are pending
based on the outcome of a full investigation. Carrying two passengers
on a moped is unlawful, but leaving the scene of any
motor vehicle accident is as well. All those involved have been subjected to a toxicology screening.
No word has been provided on any involvement of alcohol. It is not known
how these factors may contribute to any pending court charges or civil claims.
Tampa Bay Times