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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-580

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 9, 2015
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Fatality

    Passenger on the motorcycle died from her injuries.
    • Sunday
    • November 8, 2015
    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Bearss Avenue and Zambito Road

    Vehicle #1:

    • 2004 Lexus IS 300

    Driver:

    Kirk Francis
    Age 30
    22452 Laureldale Drive
    Lutz, FL
    Wearing seat belt / No Injuries

    Vehicle # 2:

    • 2011 Toyota Corolla

    Driver:

    Miguel Montaldo
    Age 50
    24443 Mistwood Court
    Tampa FL
    Wearing seat belt / minor injuries

    Vehicle # 3:

    • 2010 Kawasaki Motorcycle

    Driver:

    Jeffrey Nichols
    Age 47
    17803 Jamestown Ln. Apt #C.
    Lutz FL
    Incapacitating Injuries / No Helmet

    Passenger:

    Dawn Nichols
    Age 40
    17803 Jamestown Ln. Apt #C.
    Lutz FL
    Fatal Injuries / No Helmet

    Details:

    On November 8, 2015 at approximately 2 pm, a traffic crash occurred at Bearss Avenue and Zambito Road involving 3 vehicles.  As a
    result of the crash, one person was killed, two were injured, and a fourth person was uninjured.

    According to traffic homicide investigators, the 2004 Lexus was traveling eastbound on Bearss Avenue and attempted to turn left onto Zambito Road. The Lexus entered the path of the westbound 2011 Toyota Corolla which struck the Lexus on the passenger side. Both vehicles then spun after impact and the 2010 Kawasaki motorcycle, which was also westbound behind the Toyota, struck the Toyota in the side.

    The passenger was ejected over the car and expired at the scene from the injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol is not suspected at this time, next of kin as been notified.

    No charges at this time pending further investigation.

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