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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-055

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 15, 2016
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    Traffic Fatality

    Charges are pending further investigation.
    • Sunday
    • February 14, 2016
    • Time: 2:23 AM
    • Southbound CR 579

    Vehicle #1

    • 2016 BMW 320i


    Robert H. Alexander, Jr.
    DOB: 03/07/71
    8952 39th Street Cir. E.
    Parrish, FL

    Vehicle #2

    • 2008 Chevrolet Express work van


    Jorge Rios-Luis
    DOB: 03/30/97
    11017 92 Hwy E.  Lot #9
    Seffner, FL

    Passenger: Randi Lima
    DOB: 11/21/91
    11017 92 Hwy E.  Lot #1
    Seffner, FL

    Passenger : Leonias Hernandez
    DOB: 08/03/92
    11017 92 Hwy E.  Lot #9
    Seffner, FL


    On February 14, 2016 at 2:23 a.m., a 2008 white Chevrolet van was southbound on CR 579 approaching Sligh Avenue when for unknown reason(s) Mr. Alexander made a left turn into the path of the van. The left front of the van struck the right front of the BMW. They continued post impact to the southwest corner. Mr. Alexander was unrestrained and suffered head trauma. He was unresponsive at the scene and was transported to Brandon Hospital where he later died. The cause of death is under investigation. The three occupants of the van exited the vehicle prior to law enforcement arrival. They told the first responding deputies the driver had fled on foot. Aviation and K-9 responded to the scene with negative results. Alcohol and possible medical issues are suspected. The Traffic Homicide Section responded to the scene and based on interviews, determined Mr. Rios-Luis was the driver. Charges are pending further investigation.

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