Few clues in devastating hit-and-run crash - FOX 13 News

Few clues in devastating hit-and-run crash

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A young woman and her boyfriend were run off the road back in August. Surveillance cameras caught the accident when it happened on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa.

A pick-up truck rear-ended a jeep, sending the jeep into a motel, and sending both passengers to the hospital with very serious injuries.

Police are releasing the surveillance video, hoping someone with information comes forward.

Eighteen-year-old Zaraida Yuda doesn't remember the crash, or not the truck that hit her and her fiancé, or the motel their jeep slammed into.

She just knows it nearly killed them.

"Both her and her boyfriend have had traumatic brain injuries and broken bones. The brain injury is what has caused them to lose the memory," says Luis Figueroa, Zaraida's attorney.

Back in August, she and her fiance, 19-year old Loedanis Curbelo were on their way to work around 5 a.m. Later that same day, they planned to visit Disney World with Curbelo's family. But they never made it. They were headed east on Hillsborough Avenue in Tampa when the crash happened.

A nearby security camera caught part of it. The video shows a truck rear-ending Zaraida's Jeep. Then, off camera, the Jeep smashes through a fence and slams into a motel.

The driver of the truck took off without ever stopping to help.

"It appears the vehicle did a u-turn, pulled into the post office parking lot, gets out of vehicle, checks for damage. He or she gets back in the vehicle and goes back westbound on west Hillsborough Avenue," said Tampa Police Sgt. Patrick Kennedy.

Zaraida spent nearly two weeks in the hospital. Her fiance spent more than a month.

"She cries because she says she almost lost a daughter, and the one she has is not the same. But she thanks God that she at least has her in this way. She thanks God for giving her this part of her and that she is still alive," says Luis Figueroa, Zaraida's attorney, speaking for Zaraida's mother

They want to find the driver, and so do detectives. But after nearly two months, they still have no leads.

"She just wants to make sure that this never happens again. That he has a conscience to make sure that this tragedy is not repeated," says Luis Figueroa, Zaraida's attorney.

So far, Tampa police have no leads on the driver of that truck. They believe the truck is a light colored Ford F-150, possibly 2002 to 2005 with an extended cab. They say it should have had damage to the bug deflector and possibly the front headlight casing.

If you know anything about it, call Tampa police.

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