Hit-run driver hits Spring Hill couple, kills woman

Photo from TampaBay.com

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By Erin Sullivan, St. Petersburg Times staff writer
In print: Sunday, October 26, 2008

SPRING HILL — The car came up fast behind them, swerving down the hill on the dark lane, and there was nowhere for them to go.

The man, woman and their dog went left and right, but the car’s headlights seemed trained on them and then they were hit and in the air, tumbling. They landed and heard the car tear through a row of mailboxes along the street without curbs or sidewalks and then it kept going, and the night became quiet again.

“Jessica,” Joey Amoroso screamed. He couldn’t move and he couldn’t see in the blackness. He couldn’t hear her or his dog, and he didn’t know how long he laid there early Saturday morning, crumpled, yelling, before someone saw them and called 911, and the scene was lit in flashing, silvery light.

“Jessica.” (Please read the rest of the article here).

From TBO online:

By Tbo.Com Staff Report —
Tampa Bay Online
updated 11:15 p.m. ET, Sat., Oct. 25, 2008

Spring Hill – A hit-and-run driver struck two people who were walking along a street early today, killing a woman and critically injuring a man, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Jessica Ann Lawrence, 27, and Joseph A. Amoroso were walking north along Monteverde Drive, near Killearn Lane, at about 12:40 a.m. when someone drove a vehicle up behind them and hit them, troopers said. The driver continued on and struck a row of mailboxes before fleeing in the vehicle, troopers said.

Lawrence, of 16600 Saguro Lane, died at the scene, troopers said. Amoroso was taken to St. Joseph Hospital in Tampa with critical injuries, the FHP said.

I knew Jessica in school. I was friends with her in Middle School, also in High School but we didn’t speak as much. Of course we lost touch after high school. I am so blown away to hear about her death. My heart stopped when I heard the name – I hate when this happens. May you rest in peace Jess – my heart is with you Joey and both of your families and your friends. You are all in my prayers!

I hope they catch the bastard who did this. Troopers recieved no description of the vehicle and are asking anyone with information to contact Cpl. Eric Bromiley at (727) 841-4181, ext. 112.


  1. Oh, this is so sad. I hope they catch him soon…

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  2. Oh that is just so tragic 🙁

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