David Gee, Sheriff
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Release Number: 10-267
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- September 16, 2010
- Contact Person:
- Deputy Larry McKinnon : firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Survives Devastating Traffic Crash
Crane demolishes patrol vehicle and damages 5 other vehicles including a Hartline bus.
- September 16, 2010
- Time: 11:19 AM
- Hillsborough County
- N. 56th Street and E. Hillsborough Ave
- Tampa, Florida
List of vehicles involved:
Vehicle # 1
2002 Koehring Crane (weighted 82,122lbs)
Kevin D Davis B/M 12-24-84
2550 54th Ave. #3
St Pete 33713
2007 Crown Vic ZAT77
DRIVER: Deputy Deborah Walker # 642 Serious Injuries
2009 Honda CRV
DRIVER: Majid Sharifi W/M 4-21-54 Incapacitating Injuries
1613 Grand Heritage Blvd,
Valrico, FL 33594
1997 Dodge Caravan
DRIVER: Veronica Fortunet W/F 02-08-74 Incapacitating Injuries
11150 4th St. N. #4110
St Pete, FL 33716
2000 Sterling dump truck - Tri State Carriers
DRIVER: Pedro Blanco W/M 10-20-73 No injuries
2835 Brook Dr.
Lakeland, FL 33811
2001 Gillig Hartline Bus + 12 Passengers
DRIVER: Twila Smith B/F 04-06-61 No injuries
3607 Danny Bryan Blvd
Tampa, FL 33619
HCSO Traffic Homicide Investigators have determined from evidence and interviews the following preliminary information;
Today at approximately 11:20 a.m., Deputy Deborah Walker was in her marked patrol vehicle on routine patrol.
Deputy Walker was stopped in the inside lane of N. 56th Street waiting for the traffic signal at East Hillsborough Ave. to turn green.
As the traffic light turned green, Deputy Walker began driving northbound through the intersection and was broadsided by a 2002 Koehring crane almost directly underneath the traffic signals.
The crane weighing 82,122 pounds was traveling east bound on Hillsborough Ave. The driver of the crane reported that he had break failure and was unable to stop.
A 2009 Honda CRV was also stopped at the traffic light in the outside lane next to Deputy Walker's vehicle. As the light turned green, the driver of the 2009 Honda CRV began driving northbound paralleling along side of Deputy Walker's car.
Once the crane impacted Deputy Walker's vehicle, the patrol vehicle then slammed into the Honda CRV.
The massive weight of the crane then spun both vehicles into a 1997 Dodge van that was stopped in the westbound Hillsborough Ave inside turn lane waiting to turn south onto 56th Street.
The Dodge van was then propelled backward striking the front of a Hartline Bus stopped for a red traffic signal on Hillsborough Ave in the outside left turn lane. A 2000 Sterling Dump truck was also stopped in the same lane directly in front of the Hartline Bus.
The HCSO patrol vehicle was spun around facing west and the CRV was pushed to the rear of the patrol vehicle. Both vehicles became sandwiched between the dump truck the Dodge van and the Hartline Bus as it's still being driven forward with the massive weight of the crane dragging both vehicles.
As the Honda CRV reaches the rear of the Hartline Bus, it flips onto its side. The HCSO patrol vehicle continues forward and finally come to rest with the left two front tires of the crane resting on top of the flattened left rear and left rear quarter panel of the patrol vehicle.
The entire patrol vehicle was crushed with the exception of a small pocket where Deputy Walker was driving.
Stepp's Towing sent its largest wrecker to lift the crane off the patrol vehicle so that Hillsborough County Fire Rescue personnel could extricate the injured deputy and provide emergency medical care.
Additional heavy duty cutting equipment was used to free the deputy and transport her to St Joseph's Hospital emergency room by ground.
HCSO Investigators have seized the crane and will conduct a complete mechanical inspection with the assistance of Florida Department of Transportation-Division of Motor Carrier Compliance.
There are still plenty of questions that need to be answered to determine an exact cause of the crash. This process may take several days or even weeks.
No charges at this time pending further investigation.
Deputy Larry McKinnon