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Release Number: 09-156

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

June 1, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060











Commercial  Lawnmower  - Sunrise Land Care Company

Operator:  Isabel Ojeda Ramos,  DOB 4-24-73



Pepin Distributors Semi Truck

Driver:  Elvin Muriel,  DOB 1-11-72



Traffic fatality


June 1, 2009 at 11:02 a.m.


Big Bend Road and Summerfield Blvd.








The semi truck was traveling west bound on Big Bend Road.  The lawnmower was also west bound on Big Bend Road.  At this time, it is under investigation to determine if the lawnmower was riding in the roadway or pulled out in front of the semi truck.  The truck struck the rear of the lawnmower, pushed it several feet before the lawnmower caught fire which resulted in the semi tractor also catching fire.


The operator of the lawnmower died at the scene.   Cause of death will be determined by the medical examiners office.  The semi driver was not injured.