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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-125

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 5, 2018
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver and his passenger suffered fatal injuries.
    • Friday
    • February 2, 2018
    • Time: 10:20 AM
    • Sheldon Road

    Vehicle: 2012 Kia Rio

    Driver: Samuel Thomas
    DOB: 12/16/79
    5207 Nichols Road

    Right Front Passenger: Juanita Paulino
    DOB: 7/30/47
    8807 Byron Road

    Right Rear Passenger: Cristino Paulino
    DOB: 8/08/1950
    8807 Byron Road

    Vehicle: 2014 Freightliner Trailer

    Driver: Tywaun Burgess
    DOB: 5/06/87
    13979 Osprey Links Road



    On February 2, 2018 at 10:20 a.m., a Freightliner tractor pulling a trailer, driven by Tywaun Jamel Blake Burgess, was stopped facing north on Sheldon Road approximately 200 feet north of Mohr Road in the left lane. Burgess was waiting to back up into a driveway at 6015 Sheldon Road.

    A 2012 Kia Rio, driven by Samuel T. Thomas, was traveling north on Sheldon Road, struck the rear of the Freightliner. Mr. Thomas was transported to St. Joseph's Main Hospital where he died from his injuries. The right front Kia passenger, Juanita Paulino, died at the scene. The rear seat passenger, Cristino Paulino, was transported to St. Joseph's Main with non-life threatening injuries.

    The Freightliner is owned by Quirch Foods Company, 7600 NW 82 PL, Medley FL 33166. Next of Kin have been notified. No charges at this time pending further investigation.


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