Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 11-081

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 14, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Det. Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Traffic Fatality

    Man ejected from his motorcycle dies.
    • Saturday
    • March 12, 2011
    • Time: 2:15 PM
    • Memorial Highway
    • Tampa, FL

    Victim: (Deceased)

    Mercado, John A.
    DOB 01/14/1981
    15802 Ironware Place
    Tampa, Fl 33624

    Driver of the 2003 Toyota SUV

    Lopez, Belgica
    DOB: 08/27/1932
    10106 Rosebrook Ct
    Tampa, FL 33615

    Details:

    On March 12, 2011 at 2:15 p.m., John A. Mercado was operating a 2002 Suzuki GSX R1000 motorcycle southbound on Memorial Highway when he slammed into the rear end of a 2003 Toyota SUV operated by Belgica Lopez. Apparently Mercado didn't see Lopez stopped to make a left turn onto Timberlane West Drive.

    Upon impact, Mercado was ejected from the motorcycle and severely injured. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue transported Mercado to St. Josephs Hospital where he later died.

    Mercado was not wearing a helmet.


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