Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-039

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 28, 2014
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Traffic Crash With Injuries

    Three people were transported to the hospital.
    • Tuesday
    • January 28, 2014
    • Time: 6:28 AM
    • Van Dyke Road at Tobacco Road

    Vehicle #1:

    • 2013 Hyundai Elantra

    Driver:

    Merritt Tilson
    DOB: 7-17-73
    4545 Birch Field Loop
    Spring Hill, FL
    Music Teacher at two elementary schools

    Passengers:

    Alex Tilson
    DOB: 11-25-98
    4545 Birch Field Loop
    Spring Hill, FL.
    Student at Blake High School

    Katherine Stairs
    DOB: 11-23-98
    1103 Van Dyke Road
    Lutz
    Student at Blake High School

    Vehicle #2:

    • 2007 Freightliner Truck/Gdan Trailer

    Driver:

    Edwin Delgado
    DOB: 10-22-83
    2410 Hillary Crest Street
    Wesley Chapel, FL

    Details:

    On January 28, 2014 at approximately 6:28 a.m. a traffic crash occurred on Van Dyke Road at Tobacco Road. A 2007 Freightliner was traveling westbound on Van Dyke Road. A 2013 Hyundai Elantra was southbound on attempting to cross Van Dyke Road from a private driveway across from Tobacco Road. The 2013 Hyundai entered the path of the Freightliner. The driver of the Freightliner applied brakes and struck the Hyundai in the driver’s side.

    The occupants of the Hyundai were transported to St. Joseph’s hospital. The driver of the Freightliner was not injured.

    The investigation continues.
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