Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 16-200

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 9, 2016
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    Traffic Fatality

    Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries in crash.
    • Saturday
    • May 7, 2016
    • Time: 5:30 PM
    • Big Bend Rd. and Clement Pride Blvd.

    Involved:

    Vehicle: '06 Honda Goldwing
    Driver: Howard D. Gimbel (deceased)
    53 years old

    Passenger: Tonya Gimbel (guarded condition)
    52 years old

    Vehicle: '11 Cadillac SUV
    Driver: Lisa Denise Allen (no injuries)
    DOB: 12/28/69
    11302 Village Brook Dr.
    Riverview, FL
     

    Details:

    On May 7, 2016 at approximately 5:30pm, Lisa Allen was driving a 2011 Cadillac SUV southbound on Clement Pride Blvd. She had stopped at the intersection of Big Bend Road waiting for traffic to clear. She entered the intersection, and failed to observe a 2006 Honda Goldwing traveling east on Big Bend Road at approximately 45 MPH. She struck the motorcycle with the front of the Cadillac, forcing the bike off the roadway to the south. The driver, off-duty Tampa Police Officer Howard D. Gimbel and his passenger/wife, Tonya Gimbel, were both ejected from the motorcycle after it struck a safety sign. Howard was transported to St. Josephs South, where he expired. Tonya was transported to TGH and she is in guarded condition. Both were wearing helmets. Lisa Allen provided a voluntary blood sample, but there is no reason to believe alcohol or drugs contributed to this crash. Charges are pending.
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