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Woman sentenced to 50 years in prison for 2017 fatal hit-and-run crash on Selmon Expressway

Crash killed two adults and their 8-year-old
Posted at 10:28 AM, Oct 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-22 12:55:04-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The woman who was charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a family on the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway in 2017 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Amber Perera, according to prosecutors, was intoxicated and driving a Kia more than 120 mph on the Selmon Expressway when she crashed into the family's Hyundai on August 10, 2017.

The family, identified as Luis Felipak, 41, Rita Felipak, 29, and Georgia Felipak, 8, died after their Hyundai careened across the median, entered the path of another Jeep and SUV and then burst into flames.

After the crash, Perera left the scene but was followed by a witness until she stopped.


Perera was charged with three counts of DUI manslaughter, DUI serious bodily injury, hit and run failure to remain on scene involving serious injury or death, and tampering with evidence following the fatal crash.

Perera has been in the Hillsborough County Jail with no bond since the fatal crash.