HILLSBOROUGH, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) – A young suspect who led police in a chase from Tampa to Plant City faces criminal charges of a fatal crash that ended police chases.
Through investigations, detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office learned that Calvin Sanford, 15, was behind the wheel of a stolen Nissan Frontier on March 12, 2022, when the vehicle hit and killed the passenger in another vehicle near the intersection of Turkey Creek Road and Trapnell Road in Plant City while fleeing Tampa Police. The persecution began in the city of Tampa.
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Sanford and three other youths who were in the stolen vehicle tried to flee on foot after the accident, but were apprehended by police.
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Sanford, who has previously committed seven crimes, including burglary of a vehicle, major theft of a firearm and resistance to arrest, is currently in jail after being arrested Thursday, April 21, 2022 on independent charges of armed burglary of a vehicle and large-scale theft of a firearm. On Friday, April 22, a charge of vehicle homicide was added. There will probably be additional fees. None of the other youths in the stolen car are currently charged.
“If you’re old enough to commit crimes, then you’re old enough to face punishment,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said. “In just 15 short years, this teenager has unfortunately chosen a life of crime, and his ruthless behavior led to the death of an innocent person. He must now accept the very serious consequences of his actions, and we will work to ensure that this suspect will feel the full force of the law. ”
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Any questions regarding the pursuit of the vehicle that led to the accident should be directed to the Tampa Police Department.