Temple Terrace three injured by car are identified

By Times Staff Writer
Published June 21, 2007

Police have identified a woman and two siblings who remained hospitalized Wednesday after being struck by a car.

Police said Trisha Cruz-Rodriguez, 24, and two children, Natalie and Mason Howe, had just left a Burger King restaurant and were crossing 56th Street near Busch Boulevard at about 9 p.m. when they were struck by a 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis headed south.

Natalie, 13, was taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where she remains in serious condition. Mason, 8, and Cruz-Rodriguez were taken there by ambulance. They were listed in stable condition.

All three live on Heritage Lane in Temple Terrace.

The driver, Sydney Innis, 21, of Tampa, stopped immediately, said police spokesman Michael Dunn. Innis and two passengers in the Grand Marquis were not injured.

Dunn said Cruz-Rodriguez and the two children were not crossing at the intersection. Witnesses told police that southbound traffic had a green light.

Police are awaiting the results of blood samples drawn at the scene, but said no charges had been filed.