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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-364

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 13, 2015
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver was unable to see the pedestrian.
    • Sunday
    • July 12, 2015
    • Time: 5:35 AM
    • Tidewater Trail west of 78th Street

    Pedestrian:

    Gloria Willemae Johnson
    DOB: 08/07/91
    At large

    Vehicle:

    • 1996 Ford Windstar minivan

    Driver:

    James Eugene Joyner
    DOB: 07/14/83

    Details:

    On July 12, 2015 at approximately 5:35 a.m., Gloria Willemae Johnson was laying in the roadway of Tidewater Trail west of 78th Street. James Eugene Joyner was driving a 1996 Ford Windstar minivan east on Tidewater Trail  at approximately 35 MPH. Joyner was unable to see Johnson in the roadway and struck her, dragging her underneath the vehicle. He then backed up while Johnson remained lodged underneath the vehicle. The Windstar was vertically lifted off the decedent before the manner of death could be attributed to the crash. No charges against Joyner.

    Next of kin has been notified.
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