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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-549

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

    Driver lost control and struck a tree.
    • Saturday
    • December 24, 2016
    • Time: 12:25 AM
    • SymmesRoad

    Vehicle: 2000 Lincoln Town Car

    Driver: Erick M. Almanza (deceased)
    DOB: 06/21/84


    On 12/24/16 at 12:25 a.m., Erick M. Almanza was driving a white, 2000 Lincoln Town Car westbound on Symmes Road at a high rate of speed. He was just east of US Hwy 41, approaching a railroad crossing, when he went into the eastbound lane to pass several vehicles. When he crossed the railroad tracks, he lost control of the vehicle, went off of the north shoulder, and struck a tree. Mr. Almanza was unrestrained and was ejected. The Town Car continued west for a few feet coming to final rest facing west in the westbound lanes. Next of kin has been notified.

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