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Two traffic homicides in one day in Gainesville

Published: Aug. 10, 2020 at 12:39 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - Two people were killed, including a young boy, in two traffic homicides in one day.

According to Gainesville Police, a 13-year-old boy and a woman died after two separate incidents on Sunday.

The first incident occurred in the evening. when a stolen 2008 blue Ford Taurus was traveling southbound on NE 25th street at a high rate of speed. According to GPD, a person riding a stolen scooter then pulled out in front of the vehicle, and when the Taurus attempted to swerve out of the way, it ended up hitting a tree, splitting the car in half. The suspect on the stolen scooter fled the scene.

A 13-year old boy, who was in the vehicle, was pronounced dead on the scene, while the 17-year-old was transported to UF Shands with life threatening injuries.

Hours later, Gainesville police were dispatched to the 2400 block of northeast 15th street for a hit and run crash a little after midnight. Police say 23-year-old Latesia Fisher struck a woman and then fled the scene, leaving the woman in the street with severe injuries.

The woman was taken to UF-Shands where she later died.

Police say Fisher later returned to the scene intoxicated and is now being charged with DUI manslaughter, the leaving the scene of a crash involving death and no valid driver’s license.

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