Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-378

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • October 9, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8059

    Traffic Crash

    Injured driver passes away at hospital.
    • Tuesday
    • September 25, 2012
    • Time: 10:13 PM
    • Gunn Highway

    Vehicle #1:

    • 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix


    Richard James Eckstein
    DOB: 7-2-21
    4614 Ridge Point Drive
    Tampa, FL

    Vehicle #2:

    • 1996 Jeep Cherokee


    Michelle Berindoague
    DOB: 6-25-88
    1706 Erna Drive West
    Tampa, FL


    On September 25, 2012 at approximately 10:13 p.m. a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix was traveling east on Gunn Highway. The driver failed to realize in time that the traffic was just accelerating from a traffic signal. The driver swerved right and struck a 1996 Jeep Cherokee in the right rear with the left front. The Pontiac continued onto the right shoulder out of control and overturned into a ditch, where it came to rest of its roof. The driver was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital were he survived until October 8, 2012. The driver of the Jeep was not injured.

    The investigation continues.

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