Riverview Man Gets 10 Years for a Fatal Hit and Run Drunk Driving Crash

A 29-year-old Riverview resident was sentenced to 10 years in prison for leaving the scene of a fatal DUI crash. Hank Tippins ran a red light in December 2011, which caused him to crash into several cars. Linda Fessell, one of the occupants of the three cars Tippins hit, died at the scene. Fessell worked for the city of Tampa for 36 years. 

The Tampa Bay Times reported Tippins then fled the scene in his white Hummer to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. He was apprehended by the Florida Highway Patrol in the casino’s parking lot three hours after the accident happened. He was over three times Florida’s legal blood alcohol level at the time of his arrest.

Authorities at the Hillsborough County Jail said it was unclear whether he knew the accident even occurred. The Bradenton Herald reported that Tippins faced 47 years in prison.

So, why do drivers leave the scene after an accident? Many times the at-fault person has a suspended driver’s license, has been drinking, has no insurance, or they simply just had fear or panic. With the case above, it is obvious Tippins fled the scene because he had been drinking.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.
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