Jennifer Porter, Tampa FL
“Hit and Run” case
On March 31, 2004, 4 children—Bryant Wilkins (13), Durontae Caldwell (3), and their two siblings—
were crossing North 22 Street in Tampa, FL when they were struck by car that fled the scene. Bryant and
Durontae were killed. Five days later, Jennifer Porter (29), former dance instructor, publically admitted to the
hit and run. She pleaded guilty to fleeing the scene. Porter was sentenced to five years of propation, two years
of house arrest, and fivehundred hours of community service.
The Tampa community was blunt in their disapproval of Porter’s punishment, claiming that she should
have spent time in jail. However, there were no indications that Porter had been the car that hit the kids. So, her
honesty and public declaration of the event suggest a maturity of the accident and an apology. I believe her
punishment was just.
• How did Porter’s parent react to her punishment? How did they react to the situation?
• What has Tampa done in reaching out to the families of the children?
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