Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-066

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 8, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    DOT Workers Hold Suspect Until Deputies Arrive

    Suspect flees accident.
    • Thursday
    • February 7, 2013
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • CR 672 and Balm Wimauma Road

    Vehicle #1:

    • 1998 Ford F150 Pickup Truck


    Obispo T. Valentin
    DOB: 5/27/87
    14350 SR 672
    Wimauma, Florida

    Vehicle #2:

    • 2009 Triumph Motorcycle


    Brandon Collett
    DOB: 11/15/90
    Ruskin, Florida

    DOT Workers:

    • William McDonald
    • Thomas Wilhelmsen


    On February 7, 2013 at approximately 10:00 a.m. a 1998 Ford Pickup truck was traveling westbound on CR 672 and attempted to turn left onto Balm Wimauma Road, entering the path of an eastbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist swerved right and braked to try to avoid the collision but struck the truck in the driver’s door. The driver of the truck continued to drive westbound for 206 feet and stopped the truck. He then fled southwest on Balm Wimauma Road where he was apprehended by State DOT workers, 200 yards from the truck and held until deputies arrived.

    The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Tampa General Hospital by Aero-Med and remains in critical condition. The driver of the truck was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Crash with Injuries and No Valid Drivers License.

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