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Release Number: 09-038 (09-061)

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

February 18, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060



































UPDATE: March 2, 2009 The following have now been identified:


1993 Dodge Van

Passenger: Ecdigar Ortega, dob: 12/22/83

                   2334 S. McIntosh Rd, #9, Dover


Passenger: Antonio Garcia, dob: 05/29/88 (fatal 03/02/09)

                   2334 S. McIntosh Rd #9, Dover


Passenger: Flavio Garcia, dob: 05/07/78 (fatal 2/17/09)

                  2334 S. McIntosh Rd, Dover


The second passenger died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash.






1993 Dodge Van

Driver:  Efren Altunar,  DOB 6-10-75   (Remote booked at TGH)

             2334 S. McIntosh Road, Dover

Charges:  DUI Manslaughter

                DUI w/Serious Bodily Injury  (2 counts)

                No Valid Drivers License

                No Valid Drivers License w/Serious Bodily Injury


Three male passengers.  (1 deceased at the scene 2 transported to Tampa General Hospital)


2004 Mack Truck

Driver:  Colin P. Meadows,  DOB 10-25-68

             5001 S.W. 20th Street,  #6510



Traffic fatality


February 17, 2009 at 11:26 p.m.


Moores Lake Road just north of Black Jack Road






The 1993 Dodge Van, operated by Efren Altunar was traveling northbound on Moores Lake Road and crossed the center line.  The van then struck a southbound tractor trailer head on.  The right front passenger in the van expired at the scene.  The driver and two other passengers in the van were transported to Tampa General Hospital by helicopter.  The driver is in serious condition and the two passengers are in critical condition.  Alcohol is suspected.


The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.