TAMPA POLICE MAKE ARRESTS IN FATAL HIT AND RUN

03/21/18

 ARRESTED: Tracy Evereth Wood DOB 7/8/1986; Miriam Marti-Benning DOB 7/2/1974

Details: While members of the community offered multiple tips in the effort to lead to an arrest, it was outstanding investigative work that allowed Tampa Police detectives, working with the Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, to locate and arrest Tracy Evereth Wood and Miriam Marti-Benning. Both subjects were found in a wooded area near I75 and Wesley Chapel Boulevard in Pasco County just off State Road 54. They were arrested without incident.

On March 17, Wood and Marti-Benning fled on foot from the fatal hit and run that took the life of Felix De la Uz. Wood was identified by witnesses as the driver of the vehicle. A check of Wood’s DHSMV records shows that he has never been issued a driver's license. After they fled the scene, Marti-Benning called a friend to pick up both her and Wood and drive them out of the area. Marti-Benning also acquired money so that they could stay in a hotel that night and then they fled to Pasco County where they camped out in the woods. Post-Miranda, Marti-Benning stated that she was told that they killed someone and she still continued to assist the driver with evading law enforcement. She was in possession of the listed vehicle and allowed Wood to drive the vehicle.

Wood has been charged with Hit and Run, with Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Death and one count of Moving Traffic Violation, Driving Without a License and Causing Death/Serious Injury with a Vehicle. Both charges are felonies. 

Marti-Benning was arrested on the charge of Hit and Run, with Failure to Remain at a Crash Involving Death with the enhancement of Principal in the First Degree, Aiding and Abetting the Commission of a Crime; a felony. 

Both subjects were transported to Hillsborough County Jail.

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