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Teen boy, young female on moped die in Tampa hit-and-run


Published:   |   Updated: October 8, 2013 at 06:41 AM

Florida Highway Patrol troopers continued thier investigation into a wreck on North Dale Mabry Highway late Sunday that claimed the lives of a 16-year-old boy and a young unidentified female, both passengers on a moped who died after the scooter was struck from behind by a car.

The driver of the car, Amanda Diaz, 23, of 4711 N. Grady Ave., Apt. 16, Tampa, fled the scene but was later located at her home, troopers said. No charges were immediately filed and alcohol did not appear to have played a part in the crash, troopers said.

Charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, “may be filed at the conclusion of the investigation following the collection of all evidentiary material,” said highway patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins, “as is customary.”

Michael Garcia, of 5207 Nashville Drive, Tampa, a student at Gaither High School until June, was a passenger on the moped. He was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The female passenger was struck by a third vehicle as she laid in the center lane and died at the scene, troopers said. She was not identified pending notification of family, troopers said.

The driver of the 2013 Kyoto moped, 19-year-old Cameron Maddox, of 15723 Woodshed Place, Tampa, was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital with serious injuries, troopers said.

Maddox did not have a motorcycle endorsement, but that may not have been required if the moped engine was under 50 cc, Gaskins said. It was unclear if that was the case Monday.

Florida law says passengers on motorcycles or mopeds must not exceed the seating capacity, and most are designed to carry the operator and one passenger.

The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. Sunday just south of the Dale Mabry overpass at Busch Boulevard.

Maddox and his two passengers were heading north on Dale Mabry ahead of and slower than Diaz’s 2010 Hyundai Accent, troopers said.

Diaz didn’t see the moped and rear-ended the bike, troopers said.

The impact, which caused an estimated $7,000 damage to the car and $7,500 damage to the moped, jettisoned Maddox and his passengers onto the road, troopers said.

The unidentified female, who was the rear passenger on the bike, landed in the path of a 2003 Kia Optima, driven by Martin Santiago Jr., 40, of Tampa, that was behind the Hyundai, troopers said. The Kia struck the female, who died at the scene, troopers said.

The three moped riders were not wearing helmets, troopers said.

After the collision, Diaz drove away from the scene, but she was located at her apartment by Hillsborough County sheriff’s deputies a short time later and returned to the scene, a highway patrol report said.

“Law enforcement received a tip which was immediately followed up on,” Gaskins said.

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