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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-530

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 9, 2016
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Traffic Fatality

    Head-on collision results in one fatality and numerous injuries.
    • Friday
    • December 9, 2016
    • Time: 6:30 AM
    • Tarpon Springs Road

    Vehicle: 2010 Toyota Corolla

    Driver: Joseph Hicks (Deceased)
    DOB: 9/19/83
    3321 Jarvis Street
    Holiday, Florida

    Vehicle: 2003 Chevrolet Van

    Driver: Ludwin Bonilla Izaguirre
    DOB: 9/08/80
    17313 Simmons Rd

    Right Front Passenger:

    Luis Rosalez, DOB: 2/10/94
    9316 11th St N

    Rear Van Passengers:

    Edgar Mejia, DOB: 8/10/86
    1030 109th St E

    Deivid Cardoza, DOB: 7/21/79
    13527 Lake Park Dr

    Moises Mendoza, DOB: 12/10/76
    1451 18th St N

    Rafael Gomez Jienez, DOB: 10/25/74
    1227 142nd St

    Franklin Galvez Galo, DOB: 5/01/89
    9316 11th St N

    Edwin Villatoro, DOB: 4/04/75
    1418 140th St

    Jose Rodriguez, DOB: 8/06/86
    1412 100th Ave E


    On December 9, 2016, at approximately 6:30 am, Joseph Hicks was traveling eastbound on Tarpon Springs Road driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla when he crossed over into oncoming traffic. A 2003 Chevrolet work van pulling a work trailer was westbound on Tarpon Springs Road being driven by Ludwin Bonilla Izaguirre with eight passengers. The Corolla struck the van head-on. Mr. Hicks died at the scene. Mr. Bonilla Izaguirre was transported to St. Joseph's North with minor injuries. The front right passenger of the van, Luis Rosalez was transported to St Joseph's Main with serious injuries. Rear van passengers: Edgar Mejia , Franklin Galvez Galo, Edwin Villatoro, Jose Rodriguez, were transported to St. Joseph's Hospital-North with non-life threatening injuries.

    Next of kin has been notified.
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