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Drive hits deputy's car, lands in retention pond

By Times Staff
Published March 21, 2005

TAMPA - An 85-year-old man crashed through a fence and drove into a retention pond after colliding with a Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Pedro Capaz and his 81-year-old wife and passenger, Eva, were not injured, said sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter. Deputy Tim Ford was taken to University Community Hospital in Carrollwood by another deputy as a precaution, she said.

Ford was traveling north in the inside lane of Hanley Road in a Ford Crown Victoria as Capaz exited a parking lot on Waters Avenue in a Kia Sportage, Carter said. Ford tried to avoid the Kia, but Capaz struck the deputy's car, Carter said, in front of the driver's door.

The Kia then spun around and went through a fence on the west side of Hanley Road, jumped a curb and landed in a retention pond about 2 feet deep, Carter said.

Body recovered near Sunshine Skyway

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating whether a body recovered near the Sunshine Skyway bridge Saturday is that of a woman who reportedly jumped a week earlier, officials said.

Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said the Medical Examiner's Office will try to make an identification. Carter said a white woman jumped from the Sunshine Skyway on March 12.

"The body has been in the water for a week, so it's hard to make an ID," Carter said. "At this time, it's just a white female."

[Last modified March 21, 2005, 01:50:19]

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