Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-210

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 28, 2013
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Fatality

    Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries.
    • Saturday
    • May 25, 2013
    • Time: 7:07 AM
    • Bearss Avenue
    • Tampa, Florida


    • 2006 Honda CBR 1000

    Motorcycle Operator:

    Geoffrey B. Dawson
    DOB: 11-22-87
    16627 Valley Drive


    • 2012 Ford Focus


    Catherine Nicholas
    DOB: 8-2-85
    304-1315 Versant Drive
    Darien Grant
    DOB: 2-23-82
    6732 Elm Ct.


    At approximately 7:07 p.m. the motorcyclist (Dawson) was westbound on Bearss Avenue traveling at a high rate of speed and in a careless manner. He passed between cars traveling sis by side twice. The second set of vehicles were approaching Lake Emerald Blvd. and were facing a green light. The 2012 Ford Focus was making a left turn from eastbound Bearss avenue and did not see the motorcyclist as she initiated her turn. While turning, the motorcyclist passed between the two vehicles at a high rate of speed. The front of the motorcycle struck the front of the Ford Focus. Dawson was ejected approximately 50 feet west. Dawson suffered fatal injuries and died at St. Joseph's hospital at 9:42 p.m. Dawson was a volunteer responder for the Hillsborough County Fire Department.

    Occupants of the Ford Focus were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital with minor injuries.
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