Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-294

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 11, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Driver Fails To Stop At Stop Sign And Causes Collision

    Driver dies after colliding with 2 vehicles.
    • Monday
    • October 11, 2010
    • Time: 8:00 AM
    • Hwy 579 & Pruett Rd
    • Tampa, FL

    Vehicle: Ford Fusion

    Driver: James Pope, DOB 08-11-77 (fatality)
    1813 Village Court
    Mulberry, FL
    Teacher at Greco Middle School

    Vehicle: Ford F-150

    Driver: Mark Knowlton, DOB 11-01-68
    Mechanic at Gator Ford

    Vehicle: Buick

    Driver: Virginia Fleming, DOB 08-17-43
    11427 Buster Bean Drive
    Seffner, FL


    The Ford Fusion, operated by James Pope, was traveling north bound on Highway 579 when a west bound Buick on Pruett Road operated by Virginia Fleming failed to stop at the stop sign and struck the Fusion on the passenger side. The force of the impact caused the Ford Fusion to rotate where it was then struck on the driver’s side by a Ford F-150 that was traveling south bound on Highway 579. The Ford F-150 was being operated by a mechanic of Gator Ford that was test driving the truck. The driver of the Ford Fusion died at the scene as a result of his injuries. No injuries to the other drivers.
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