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Ex-mayor’s daughter killed in hit-and-run

Elizabeth Tristam Barford, the daughter of former Anna Maria Mayor Fran Barford, was killed in a Tampa vehicle crash March 24.

The Tampa Police Department said a Ford F-150 pickup truck struck a Jeep Cherokee on West Waters Avenue, which forced the Jeep across the median, where it struck a Volkswagen Passat driven by Barford.

Barford, 41, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger, Joe Ripley, 32, of Tampa was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The three people in the Jeep suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the report said.

Tampa police said they were looking for a gray or silver Ford F-150 pickup truck, the driver of which fled the scene.

Fran Barford was Anna Maria mayor from 2006-10, and mayor of Temple Terrace for 12 years before retiring to Anna Maria in the late 1990s. She and husband George live on South Bay Boulevard.

They served as co-chairs for the recently concluded Roser Memorial Community Church 100-year anniversary events.

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