Woman killed in head-on crash stole vehicle and debit card

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CHARLOTTE HARBOR, FL. - Detectives say a woman killed in a 2-car head-on crash Sunday stole the car and a debit card from a Deep Creek woman earlier in the day.

The crash happened at 2:40 p.m. in Charlotte Harbor The driver of the car was 49-year-old Kelly Jean DeRego of Punta Gorda.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office received a call later Sunday from the owner of the 1999 Honda Accord who lives in the 1500 block of Rio deJanerio Avenue to report her car was stolen along with her debit card. The credit card was used at seven different locations at various ATM machines; total amount of fraudulent transactions was $564.98. The owner did not know DeRego had been killed in her car on Harborview Road at Laverne Street.

The 61 year old Deep Creek woman told detectives her part-time caretaker, DeRego, told her she was going to run some errands while the woman took a nap. When she awoke she saw her keys were missing to her Honda, along with her debit card.

CCSO responded to the head-on crash and notified FHP, Charlotte County Fire, and EMS. A 47 year old woman from Deep Creek, driver of the other car, was taken to Fawcett Memorial Hospital. DeRego was transported to Peace River Regional Medical Center where she died from injuries. Detectives recovered the stolen credit card in DeRego’s personal belongings at the hospital.

CCSO Jail records show DeRego was arrested twice and was a convicted felon.