Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-522

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 30, 2013
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver suffers fatal injuries in single vehicle traffic crash.
    • Sunday
    • December 29, 2013
    • Time: 7:05 PM
    • North Street at 11th Street
    • Wimauma

    Driver:

    Jose Cruz (Deceased)
    DOB:  10/03/1967
    5317 Vel Street
    Wimauma

    Details:

    On December 29, 2013 at 7:05 p.m., Jose Cruz was traveling westbound on North Street at a high rate of speed in the '10 Chevrolet Cobalt he had taken from his mother without her permission. Cruz failed to negotiate the left turn onto 11th Street and struck a large tree with the passenger side of the vehicle. He was transported to South Bay Hospital to await medivac to Tampa General Hospital. After the helicopter landed at South Bay Hospital, Cruz expired. Blood alcohol level is pending toxicology results.
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