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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 18-594

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • July 11, 2018
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    Deputy Injured In Wrong Way Driver Crash

    Three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    • Tuesday
    • July 10, 2018
    • Time: 3:27 PM
    • 30th Street and E Fletcher Avenue
    • Tampa, FL


    A Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputy, along with two other drivers, was transported to the hospital following a wrong way crash this afternoon.

    At 3:27 PM, a caller reported seeing Reginald Gambrell, 4902 E Idlewild Avenue in Tampa, driving a black 2003 Isuzu Axiom SUV the wrong way near 30th Street and E Fletcher Avenue.

    Deputy John Duran, a school resource deputy at Martinez Middle School, was in the area, heard the alert over the radio and turned his marked vehicle around to search for the wrong way driver.

    He spotted Gambrell driving on the sidewalk next to a car dealership near the intersection of E. Fletcher Avenue and N. Florida Avenue. Gambrell was experiencing a medical emergency when he clipped the front of a gray 2016  Nissan Altima driven by Holly Neider, 12442 Streamdale Drive in Tampa

    The crash caused Gambrell to swerve and hit the rear driver's side of Deputy Duran's Dodge Charger patrol vehicle, causing the side airbags to deploy.

    All three drivers were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and are currently in stable condition. John Neider Carmelo, a passenger in the Altima, was slightly injured, but he refused treatment at the scene.

    Gambrell was ticketed for wrong way driving. No criminal charges are pending.


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