LAKELAND, Fla. (FOX 13) - A Lakeland teacher has been accused of being a hit-and-run driver.
Polk County detectives said 47-year-old Christina Dobbs Lee ran a red light at the intersection of Knights Station and Galloway roads. Officials said she crashed into another car and, instead of stopping, drove home. The crash occurred before 6 p.m. Thursday.
Detectives said a witness followed Lee and provided a tag number and her neighborhood location to the sheriff’s office. The driver who was injured was a 30-year-old woman from Lakeland. First responders reported her left leg was sore.
Deputies responded to Lee’s home on Laurel Branch Drive. They said she admitted to leaving the scene of the crash. Her damaged red Mazda SUV was inside her garage with the airbags deployed, investigators said, which resulted in getting abrasions on her arms.
According to the sheriff’s office, she told the deputy, “I was driving northbound on Galloway Road North; I ran the red light and crashed into the other vehicle."
Lee was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of a crash. Officials said she is a drama teacher at Kathleen High School.
"This is yet another reminder that drivers have a moral and legal responsibility to stop if involved in a crash,” Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement. “And, if you are able and it is safe to do so, render aid. Ms. Lee turned this crash from a traffic citation to a 3rd degree felony with one bad decision."