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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-547

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 29, 2016
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver pulls into path of oncoming train.
    • Friday
    • December 23, 2016
    • Time: 2:13 PM
    • Paul Buchman Highway

    Vehicle: 2016 Toyota Tundra

    Driver: Nicholas Benigni (deceased)
    DOB: 09/25/1978
    11401 Flora Springs Drive
    Riverview, FL


    On December 23, 2016 at approximately 2:13 p.m., a CSX train was traveling northbound along Paul Buchman Highway approaching a private drive. The private drive is not controlled by crossing arms, but is well posted for drivers to notice before crossing the railroad tracks. Nicholas Benigni was operating his 2016 Toyota Tundra traveling westbound on the private road. Benigni did not yield and pulled into the path of the oncoming train. The train applied its brakes and traveled approximately one half mile north until it came to a stop. Benigni died on scene. Next of kin has been notified.
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