Hillsborough hit and run driver has troubled past

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – Jennifer Race, 28, lost her driving privileges in 2009 after numerous traffic violations including a drunk driving arrest. But that didn’t stop Race from getting behind the wheel of a stolen Cadillac Friday before she plowed into a car driven by 83-year-old Lawrence Lockhart Jr. On Sheldon Road in Hillsborough County.

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Lockhart, an engineer who worked on the Apollo space program, died in the hospital hours later.

Detectives says Lockhart was likely at fault for pulling onto traffic. Minutes later Race strolled over to a nearby convenience store and solicited a ride away from the scene. She lives at 8823 Patterson St., less than half a mile from the crash.

“To leave the scene and walk away after you hurt somebody, that’s not right,” said Lockhart’s daughter-in-law Linda Lockhart.

The crash and Race’s getaway are clearly visible on the store’s surveillance video. One of Race’s neighbors recognized her in the video and called deputies. Race later turned herself in at the Hillsborough Jail and left four hours later after someone posted a $100,000 bond.

She has five arrests in Hillsborough County dating back to 2008 and numerous traffic violations on her driving record.

No one at Race’s home would comment Monday and threatened to “sic the dogs” on 8 On Your Side when we knocked on the door.

The obscene gesture was the response to 8 On Your Side’s inquiry at the door

Sheriff’s detectives haven’t charged Race in connection with the stolen car she was driving Friday. They say it was reported stolen from Orlando International Airport. Neighbors say the red Cadillac has been sitting in Race’s driveway for a couple weeks. The investigation is continuing.

Race faces charges of leaving the scene of a fatal crash, driving without a valid license and a prior traffic charge. Her license is under revocation until 2017.


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