Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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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

    Vehicle:

    • 1999 Plymouth Voyager

    Driver: (deceased)
     

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

    Details:
     

    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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