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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-268

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • June 16, 2016
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver arrested for Leaving the Scene of a Crash With Death.
    • Wednesday
    • November 4, 2015
    • Time: 8:34 PM
    • Bloomingdale Avenue / Springvale Drive
    • Valrico, Florida

    ********Update June 15, 2016:*******

    Vehicle: 2007 White Toyota Scion

    Arrested June 14, 2016.
    Dennis Hamilton
    DOB: 10/04/1996
    4731 Portobello Circle
    Valrico, Florida

    Charges: Leaving the Scene of a Crash With Death

    Passenger: Name withheld due to him being a witness.

    Vehicle: 2007 Toyota Scion TC

    Driver: Matthew G. Repass
    Age 20
    2429 Sagemont Dr.
    Brandon FL
    Unrestrained, died on scene

    Vehicle: 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer

    Driver: Mario Moreno
    Age 54
    1617 Featherband Dr.
    Valrico FL
    Restrained taken to TGH non-life-threatening injuries

    Front Passenger: Teresa Moreno
    Age 52
    1617 Featherband Dr.
    Restrained, taken to TGH non-life-threatening injuries

    Rear Passenger: Daniel Moreno
    1617 Featherband Dr.
    Age 21
    Restrained, non-life-threatening injuries

    Vehicle: 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

    Driver: Lee Ann Browne
    Age 64
    1129 Allaire Loop
    The Villages, FL
    Restrained, uninjured


    Traffic Homicide detectives investigating the crash that had occurred on November 4, 2015, learned that the two vehicles were racing (Hamilton and Repass). Detectives learned the second vehicle involved was also a white Toyota Scion. Through further investigation, detectives learned the driver was Dennis Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was initially interviewed and considered as a potential witness at the time.

    The defendant (Hamilton) advised the victim (Repass) challenged him to a race while in the parking lot of 2224 Bloomingdale Avenue West. The defendant stated they were westbound on Bloomingdale Avenue and he was in the inside lane and the victim was in the outside lane. The defendant stated the victim reached speeds of 70-80 miles per hour and he reached speeds of 55-60 miles per hour. The posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour.

    He also advised he had a passenger in his vehicle at the time of the incident. On January 15, 2016, the passenger admitted the vehicles were racing and the defendant made an unsafe lane change cutting off the victim as he was within one car length of the victim's vehicle. At the time of the lane change they heard a clunk behind them which they assumed was caused by the vehicle's gears grinding. The passenger and the defendant returned to the scene and realized the vehicle they were racing with had crashed but failed to notify law enforcement. The reckless operation of the defendant's vehicle by the defendant contributed to crash. As a result of the ongoing investigation, Hamilton was arrested on June 14, 2016 charged with Leaving the scene of a crash involving death.

    Previous News Release dated November 5, 2015:

    Hillsborough County, Fl (Valrico) On November 4th, 2015, at approximately 8:30 pm, Matthew Repass was traveling westbound on Bloomingdale Avenue at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his Toyota Scion.  The Toyota began to rotate and crossed over the center lane into oncoming eastbound traffic. He struck the front of a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer with the passenger side of the Toyota. The Toyota continued to travel off the south road edge, struck a chain link fence and came to rest near a pond.

    Lee Ann Browne who was traveling eastbound in a 2009 Hyundai was unable to stop in time and struck the Trailblazer in the right side with front resulting in minor damage.

    Matthew Repass was pronounced deceased on the scene.  Next of Kin has been notified. Alcohol is not suspected in this case.

    The investigation continues.
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