Deputies determine it was an accident when a woman fell from a moving SUV

The owner of the SUV calls it an accident too
Woman falls out of SUV in Tampa, body dragged
Posted at 4:00 AM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 17:38:50-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The woman who fell from a moving SUV in the middle a Tampa intersection on Monday has been identified. 

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says she is 21-year-old Jaiya Lee and is safe.

Deputies had asked for the public's help to identify her after she fell from a Ford Expedition at around 4:12 p.m. at the intersection of 131st Avenue and 15th Street in the USF area.

Deputies found the SUV and identified the woman Tuesday. Deputies found the SUV near the intersection of Fowler and Nebraska following a tip from the community.

According to deputies, Lee was in the Expedition with her boyfriend and leaned against the front passenger door, which had been repaired due to previous damage, and fell out.

She suffered road rash on both of her legs and elbows due to the accident.

Deputies say no charges will be filed.

Early Tuesday morning, ABC Action News spoke with the owner of the SUV. She was interviewed by deputies. The woman did not to give us her name. She said her son borrowed her car yesterday. She referred to the woman, who fell out of the SUV, as her daughter-in-law.

"It ain't got nothing to do with drugs. It ain't got nothing to do with nothing. She just rolled out the car," the owner said.

The SUV owner said her daughter-in-law was conscious at the time and is fine now after falling out of the SUV. 

"Nothing was going on. The door wasn't secured and she just fell," the woman said.

WARNING: The video is disturbing.