Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 13-445

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 12, 2013
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    Traffic Fatality

    Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries in traffic crash.
    • Friday
    • November 8, 2013
    • Time: 4:29 PM
    • Waters Ave. and Twelve Oaks Blvd.
    • Tampa, FL


    Vehicle 1: 2008 Yamaha Motorcycle
    Operator: Jose Mauricio Rodriguez
    DOB: 10/24/1991
    7503 Willow Court
    Tampa, FL
    Fatal Injuries

    Vehicle 2: 2008 Thompson 84 passenger school bus
    Driver: Rosael Colon
    DOB: 10/20/1955
    1215 Autumn Drive
    Tampa, FL
    Not Injured

    Vehicle 3: 2002 Mercury Sable
    Driver: Elizabeth Anne Banks
    DOB: 06/21/1958
    4747 Waters Avenue West
    Tampa, FL
    Non-incapacitating Injuries - Transported to St. Joseph's Hospital

    Vehicle 4: 2004 Acura
    Driver: Nelson A. Rocchi
    DOB: 07/08/1973
    8007 Greenshire Drive
    Tampa, FL
    Not Injured

    Vehicle 5: Nissan Altima
    Driver: Mattie Edwards Martin
    DOB: 01/04/1947
    6904 Fairbrook Way
    Tampa, FL
    Not Injured


    On November 8, 2013 at approximately 4:29 p.m., a fatal traffic crash occurred in the intersection of Waters Avenue and Twelve Oaks Boulevard. A 2008 Yamaha motorcycle was eastbound on Waters Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to witnesses. A 2008 Thompson school bus was westbound on Waters Avenue and initiated a left turn onto Twelve Oaks Boulevard. Witnesses observed the motorcycle speed up when the bus started the turn. The motorcycle struck the front of the bus dislodging the front bumper from the vehicle. The motorcycle continued past the bus striking a 2002 Mercury Sable on the drivers' side.  The Mercury was northbound on Twelve Oaks and at a stop for the traffic light. Debris from the impact also damaged a 2004 Acura and a 2012 Nissan Altima.

    There were 5 students on the bus who were unhurt in the crash, they were released to their parents. The driver of the bus was uninjured in the crash, but was taken to Town and Country Hospital for evaluation. The motorcyclist was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital where he expired from the injuries sustained in the crash. Also damaged by the flying debris was the traffic signal control box requiring traffic maintenance response for repairs.
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