Detectives Investigating Traffic Fatality

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When: February 13, 2013 @ 7:30 p.m.

Where: Lowry Park Boat Ramp

Victim: Migdalia Mendoza, 4/21/61, H/F, 9527 Lake Park Drive, Thononassa

The victim was talking to her friend on the phone while on her way to a church function. She was lost and told her friend she was in the water and needed help. Someone from across the Hillsborough river heard a noise and ran outside. He saw what he thought was a van in the water and called 911. The first two officers on the scene got into the water and tried to rescue the victim, but her car was already submerged. Members from the Tampa Police Department dive team arrived on scene and pulled her from the vehicle. Tampa Fire Rescue crews attempted to revive her and she was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

It appears that she drove off the boat ramp and into the water. It was raining heavily at the time.