Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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Release Number: 16-114
- For Immediate Release:
- Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
- March 21, 2016
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Car struck from behind forced into oncoming traffic.
- March 18, 2016
- Time: 12:52 PM
- US 301 approaching Balm Riverview Road
Vehicle: 2010 Ford van
Driver: Mauricio Chacon
5424 Pasadena Drive
New Port Richey, FL
Vehicle: Ford F150
Driver: Thomas Spala
3506 Misty Oaks Place
Vehicle: 2014 Honda Accord
Driver: Berrisford Turner (deceased)
12011 Timber Hill Drive
Vehicle: 2014 Ford Focus
Driver: Patricia Gerbino
1119 Jasmine Creek Court
Sun City Center, FL
On March 18, 2016 at 12:52 p.m., Mauricio Chacon was driving a 2010 Ford Van southbound on US 301 approaching Balm Riverview Road. He drove right and sideswiped a Ford F150 being driven by Thomas Spala. He then struck the rear of a 2014 Honda Accord being driven by Berrisford Turner. The Accord was forced into the oncoming northbound lane where a 2014 Ford Focus, driven by
Patricia Gerbino, struck him head on.
Turner was transported to Tampa General Hospital with internal injuries, and was later pronounced at 5:04 p.m. His next of kin was notified. Chacon did not exhibit signs of impairment and agreed to a voluntary blood draw. He was driving for Express Medical Transportation. Charges are pending.