Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 14-155

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • April 23, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver suffered fatal injuries in single vehicle accident.
    • Wednesday
    • April 23, 2014
    • Time: 8:30 AM
    • 78th Street, south of Palm River Road
    • Clair Mel City


    • 1999 Plymouth Voyager

    Driver: (deceased)

    Manuel Blanco
    DOB: 12/07/1966
    7715 Wishing Well Lane
    Clair Mel City, Florida


    The following media advisory is preliminary information known at the time of this release and is subject to change as the investigation continues;

    On April 23 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., deputies were notified of a traffic crash on 78th Street, south of Palm River Rd in Clair Mel City. When deputies arrived, they found a 1999 Plymouth Voyager that struck a wooden utility pole and the driver, Manuel Blanco seriously injured.

    Hillsborough County Fire Rescue responded and extricated Blanco from the vehicle. He was then transported to a local hospital where he later died.  According to investigators, Blanco was driving southbound on 78th Street when for unknown reasons; Blanco drove onto the west shoulder of the road and struck a TECO pole.  Blanco was unrestrained and received life-threatening injuries. Approximately a dozen units from TECO responded to stabilize the pole and high voltage lines.

    Next of Kin notified 

    The investigation continues.
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