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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 15-560

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • November 3, 2015
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    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Fatality

    Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries.
    • Saturday
    • October 31, 2015
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Big Bend Road
    • Riverview

    Motorcyclist - (deceased)

    Fortino Ralph Garcia III -  Age 27
    9618 Greenbank Drive
    Riverview, FL

    Vehicle Driver:

    Amber Lee Jones - Age 31
    2261 Gulf To Bay Blvd
    Clearwater, FL


    The following information is what's currently known at the time of this media release and is subject to change as the investigation continues:

    On November 1, 2015 at approximately 12:45 am, Amber Lee Jones was driving westbound on Big Bend Road in her 2010 Toyota, when she turned left onto the on-ramp of I75 in front of Fortino Ralph Garcia III who was operating his 2011 Suzuki motorcycle eastbound on Big Bend Road at approximately 45 mph. Garcia was unable to avoid impact and stuck the side of the Toyota.

    Garcia was wearing his helmet at the time of the crash and was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he later died from his injuries. It does not appear alcohol was a factor, Next of Kin has been notified.

    No charges at this time pending further investigation.
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