Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-382

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • September 23, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver suffers fatal injuries.
    • Friday
    • September 20, 2013
    • Time: 4:00 AM
    • Morris Bridge Road near Pictorial Park Drive

    Involved:

    Driver # 1:
    Rita Marie Sutliff (deceased)
    DOB:03/05/1944
    5553 Autum Shire Dr
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Vehicle: 2012 Ford Explorer

    Driver # 2:
    Kunjummen Arun Babu (non-life threatening injuries)
    DOB: 10/12/1994
    38819 6TH Ave
    Zephyrhills, Florida

    Vehicle: 2010 Honda Accord

    Details:

    Based on preliminary information at the time of this release, the following circumstances are believed to have led to this incident which remains under investigation;

    On September 20th, 2013 just before 4:00 a.m., Babu was driving north on Morris Bridge Road near Pictorial Park Drive in his 2010 Honda Accord, while Rita Marie Sutliff was driving south on Morris Bridge Road in her 2012 Ford Explorer.

    According to detectives, Babu drove left of center, crossing the paved safety zone and struck the 2012 Ford Explorer head on.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Heavy Rescue Unit responded to the scene and had to extricate Sutliff from her vehicle.

    Once she was removed from her vehicle, paramedics declared her deceased at the scene. Babu was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Detectives have estimated both vehicles were traveling approximately 50 mph. Both drivers were wearing restraint devices; alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.

    No charges at this time pending further investigation.

    Next of kin has been notified.
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