Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-253

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 29, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247/8060

    Accidental Injury

    Father and son suffer fatal injuries.

    • Wednesday
    • June 19, 2013
    • Time: 10:45 AM
    • 4904 Towaway Avenue
    • Tampa, FL


    Ernesto Gonzalez
    DOB: 1-14-60
    3002 West St. Johns Street
    Tampa, FL

    Luis E. Gonzalez
    DOB: 5-24-84
    3002 West St. Johns Street
    Tampa, FL


    On June 29, 2013, at approximately 10:45 a.m. deputies responded to a terminal located at 4905 Towaway Avenue in Tampa in reference to two individuals that were in a tanker and had been overcome by fumes.

    The father and son (Ernesto and Luis) had gone to the terminal to help a friend that drives a tanker that was parked at that location. The owner of the tanker thought that there had been an obstruction (possibly a bucket) inside the tanker that was causing it to drain slowly. The father and son went down into the tanker to check on the obstruction when they were overcome by fumes.

    Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue responded to scene and found the two individuals unconscious inside the empty asphalt tanker. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue was able to get the individuals out and both were transported to Tampa General Hospital. Luis Gonzalez was pronounced deceased at the hospital on June 29, 2013 and Ernesto Gonzalez died at the hospital on June 30, 2013.
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