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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-818

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 18, 2017
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    Traffic Fatality

    Motorcyclist suffered fatal injuries.
    • Sunday
    • December 17, 2017
    • Time: 9:05 AM
    • Lutz Lake Fern Road
    • Tampa, FL

    Vehicle: 2014 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle

    Driver:
    Kristen Rodriguez
    DOB: 9/28/1989
    28704 Walker Drive
    Wesley Chapel

    Vehicle: 2017 Toyota Corolla

    Driver:
    Michel Ghobrial
    DOB: 2/22/1978
    19006 Fishermans Bend Drive
    Lutz, FL

    Details:

    On 12/17/17 at approximately 9:05 a.m., Erica Kristen Rodriguez was the helmeted operator of a 2014 Kawasaki Ninja Motorcycle. She was eastbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road, just west of Sun Lake Boulevard. Michel M. Ghobrial was operating a 2017 Toyota Corolla 4-door, and was also eastbound on Lutz Lake Fern Road, an unknown distance ahead of Rodriguez in traffic. Rodriguez was riding with a small group of motorcycle riders. Ghobrial was driving his family to church, but they had forgotten something at their home. According to witnesses, Ghobrial activated his left turn signal, slowed down, and was turning into a nearby driveway. Rodriguez had entered the westbound lane while still traveling eastbound, and was attempting to pass traffic across a double yellow line, in a no passing zone. Rodriguez struck the driver side of the Toyota and suffered critical injuries. Rodriguez was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, where she was pronounced deceased upon arrival. All the occupants of Toyota were restrained and uninjured. Next of kin has been notified.

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