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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-287

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 24, 2016
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    Traffic Fatality

    The driver suffered fatal injuries in a single vehicle crash.
    • Thursday
    • June 23, 2016
    • Time: 4:58 PM
    • 579 Highway S

    Vehicle:

    • 1996 Toyota Tacoma

    Owner/Driver:

    Acelio Lopez
    DOB: 10/21/61
    Address: 3323 Saffold Road
    Wimauma, Florida

    Details:

    On June 23, 2016 at 4:58 p.m., Acelio Lopez was unrestrained and driving his Toyota Tacoma southbound on 579 Highway S. when he went off of the west shoulder as the road curved to the left. He traveled along the shoulder and over-corrected to the left, rotated counterclockwise as he crossed both lanes of 579 Highway and off of the east shoulder into a water-filled ditch. Upon impact with the ditch, he was ejected onto the east bank of the ditch. Workers nearby heard the crash and citizens that drove up on the crash ran to Lopez's aid and began CPR. Deputies arrived on scene and took over CPR until HCFR arrived. Lopez died at the scene. The investigation continues into the cause of the crash.
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