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2 Tampa men turn themselves in on DUI manslaughter charges

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Two Tampa men turned themselves in Tuesday on DUI manslaughter charges involving fatalities in separate crashes — one in Temple Terrace and the other in Tampa.

In the Temple Terrace crash, a man crossing the street was killed early on New Year’s Day. In the Tampa crash, a woman driving a pickup truck was killed Oct. 30.

In the first case, police say that at about 2 a.m. Jan. 1, Kevin Brian Mock, 32, was driving along Bullard Parkway near Glen Avenue when his 2008 Nissan Altima struck Vestin Charles Mingo Jr.

Mingo, 28, died as a result of the crash, the Temple Terrace Police Department said.

After the accident, Mock had a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent, police said, which is the level at which the state presumes impairment.

Police referred the case to the State Attorney’s Office, which arranged for Mock to turn himself in Tuesday at the Orient Road Jail, said Temple Terrace spokesman Michael Dunn.

Mock also was charged with driving under the influence and DUI with property damage. He has previously been charged with driving under the influence, records show.

He was released Tuesday after posting bond for his $25,000 bail.

In the second case, police say Ingram Edmond Ferguson, 44, ran a red light at Hillsborough and Nebraska avenues in Tampa and hit a truck driven by Yo Sandi Linares-Ortiz , 23, of Plant City.

Ferguson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.296 percent, police said, more than three times the limit at which state law presumes impairment.

He also faces two counts of driving under the influence with property damage. He was being held Tuesday night in lieu of $52,000 bail.

At about 4 a.m. Oct. 30, Linares-Ortiz was eastbound on Hillsborough Avenue in a Dodge pickup, police said. As she entered the intersection, Ferguson’s Ford pickup hit the driver’s side of her vehicle.

Ferguson’s truck then hit a car driven by Clarence Inman, 78, police said. In the collision, Linares-Ortiz’s truck also hit a Toyota that had stopped at the traffic light. The Toyota’s driver, Raquel Casanova, 68, suffered minor injuries. Linares-Ortiz died at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

A passenger in Ferguson’s truck, Marcus Dorfield, 45, of Tampa was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. Ferguson also suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police initially reported they were investigating witness statements that Ferguson ran a red light. Authorities drew Ferguson’s blood when he was at the hospital, and the results came back Wednesday and an arrest warrant was issued.

Times news researchers Shirl Kennedy and Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

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