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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-044

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 12, 2018
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    Traffic Fatality

    Passenger dies in early morning traffic crash.
    • Thursday
    • January 11, 2018
    • Time: 7:32 AM
    • CR579 / Joe Ebert Road

    Vehicle #1: 2002 Chevrolet Truck

    Occupant #1
    Richard Johnson
    DOB 06/07/83
    5164 67 Way N
    St. Petersburg

    Occupant #2
    David Chamberlin
    DOB 05/14/65
    3297 20th Ave. S.W.
    St. Petersburg

    Occupant #3/Driver:
    Joshua Allen Murphey
    DOB 04/10/91
    3297 20th Ave. S.W.


    Vehicle #2: 2015 Ford F-250

    Occupant #1/Driver:
    Larry Poe
    DOB 06/17/70
    6105 Knights Griffin Road W

    Occupant #2



    Richard Johnson passed away today after the truck he was a passenger in swerved into the opposite lane of traffic and hit another vehicle. Around 7:30 a.m. on January 11th, Johnson, was riding in a 2002 Chevrolet pick up truck traveling northbound on CR 579 with David Chamberlin and Joshua Allen Murphey. As they approached Joe Ebert Road, the Chevrolet swerved left into the southbound lane striking a 2015 Ford F-250 Super Duty truck driven by Larry Poe.

    Johnson was extricated and transported to Tampa General Hospital where he later died at 10:55 a.m. Chamberlain and Murphey were transported to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Mr. Poe and a minor who was traveling with him were transported to Brandon Hospital where they were treated and released with minor injuries. This case remains under investigation.

    No charges are pending as of this time. Next of Kin has been notified and this case remains an active investigation.

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