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Release Number: 09-030

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

February 9, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060




 Vehicle #1  2000 BMW


         Driver:  Ryan Thomas,  DOB 2-19-79


                    3118 Summer Cruise Drive, Valrico




         Vehicle #2  2005 Mercedez


         Driver:  Meloney Lawrence,  DOB  2-6-62


                    15787 Fish Hawk Drive,  Lithia




         Vehicle #3  Chevrolet


         Driver:  Deputy Kevin Cooper


                    District Two




traffic crash


February  9,2009  at 4:04 p.m.


2310 North Falkenburg Road  (right in front of the District Two Office)





The 2005 Mercedez was in the northbound turn lane in front of the District Office.  The 2000 BMW was behind the Mercedez also in the turn lane.  As Deputy Kevin Cooper was traveling northbound in the flow of traffic, the driver of the BMW pulled out around the Mercedez and hit Deputy Cooper’s vehicle on the front.  The impact caused the BMW to spin around, striking the Mercedez.




Deputy Cooper was transported by private vehicle to the hospital to be

medically cleared   The other two drivers refused medical attention.




Traffic citations will be issued to Ryan Thomas.