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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-265

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 16, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Traffic Crash With Injuries In Ruskin

    Driver suffers fatal injuries.
    • Friday
    • July 13, 2012
    • Time: 11:00 PM
    • 33rd Street SE at 16th Avenue
    • Ruskin, Florida


    • 2001 Hyundai Elantra


    Fred Violette (Fatality)
    DOB: 4/29/1965
    1934 33rd Street SE Lot #4
    Ruskin, Florida


    Carrie Ann Parker
    DOB: 12/09/1968
    1934 33rd Street SE Lot #4
    Ruskin, Florida


    On July 13, 2012, just after 11 pm, Fred Violette was driving southbound on 33rd Street SE at 16th Ave in Ruskin at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a left curve in the roadway.

    Violette's vehicle drove off the west road edge and as he over corrected his steering; his vehicle began to rotate through the grass sliding sideways into a shallow ditch. He then struck a concrete drainage pipe and continued over a driveway. He then struck another concrete drainage pipe, became airborne and struck a wooden TECO pole causing his vehicle to roll over and land on its roof.

    Violette was unrestrained and was found severely injured inside his vehicle. He was transported to South Bay Hospital and then flown to Tampa General Hospital where he currently in critical condition with severe head trauma. On July 15, 2012, Violette died from his injuries.

    The passenger in the vehicle, Carrie Ann Parker, was restrained and suffered only minor injuries. She was treated at South Bay Hospital and released.

    The investigation continues.
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