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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-137

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 13, 2015
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    Traffic Fatality

    Passenger suffered fatal injuries.
    • Wednesday
    • March 11, 2015
    • Time: 11:00 PM
    • Joe Sanchez Road and Whitehurst Drive


    • 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe


    Cesar Martinez
    DOB: 10/19/1977
    3675 Hwy 84
    Whigham, GA


    Rafael Lopez-Hernandez
    DOB: 11/01/1977
    1276 Franklin Street
    Clearwater, FL


    On March 11 at 11:00 pm, Cesar Martinez was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe west on Joe Sanchez Road from Whitehurst Drive at approximately 45 mph. Martinez drove left off the roadway and into the yard of 3605 Joe Sanchez Road and struck an oak tree with the front of the Tahoe. A deputy located Lopez-Hernandez walking east on Joe Sanchez Road about 300 yards from the scene and the driver, Cesar Martinez was found on the ground outside the vehicle. Martinez had not been ejected but exited the vehicle under his own power. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue transported both driver and passenger to an area hospital for treatment. Martinez expired at 12:15 am.

    The investigation continues.
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