Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 14-178

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 14, 2014
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver and passenger suffers fatal injuries after striking a dump truck.
    • Tuesday
    • May 13, 2014
    • Time: 8:30 PM
    • Bruton Road


    • 1987 GMC 7000 Dump Truck


    Charles D. Middleton
    DOB: 12/8/83
    4414 Gallagher Road
    Dover, FL


    • 1996 Nissan


    John Carter Phillips (deceased)
    DOB: 11/18/60
    4503 Bruton Road
    Plant City, FL


    Unknown (critical condition)


    On May 13, 2014 at approximately 8:30 p.m., Charles D. Middleton was putting gasoline in a 1987 GMC 7000 dump truck which was broken down on the north side of Bruton Road facing west. The rear of the truck was in the travel lane. John Carter Phillips was traveling westbound on Bruton Road at approximately 40-45 MPH in a 1996 Nissan, failed to observe the stranded dump truck, and struck the truck in the rear with the front of the Nissan. Phillips was pronounced deceased at the scene. His passenger was transported to TGH via helicopter and is in critical condition with severe trauma to the neck. Positive identification has not been made on the passenger. DOT Motor Carrier Compliance responded and conducted a commercial vehicle inspection. Charges are pending to the owner of the dump truck.
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