Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-115 (16-103)

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 21, 2016
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    Update To Traffic Fatality

    Toxicology report reveals blood alcohol level was 0.27 at the time of the crash.
    • Saturday
    • March 12, 2016
    • Time: 2:46 AM
    • Leroy Selmon Expressway at the Brandon Expressway Exit


    March 21, 2016 – The Sheriff's Office has received the toxicology report from the Medical Examiners Office for the driver, Erik Thomas McBeth. The blood alcohol level for McBeth was 0.27 at the time of the traffic crash. The investigation continues.

    Victim - (deceased)

    Deputy John Robert Kotfila, Jr.
    Age 30
    Assigned as a Traffic Crash Investigator to Patrol District 4
    Employed with HCSO 6 years
    HCSO Marked Patrol Car - 2013 Dodge Charger


    Erik Thomas McBeth
    DOB: 05/18/84
    12313 Little Rd. Apt. 105
    Hudson, FL
    Next of Kin Notified

    Vehicle - 2013 White GMC Terrain

    Details: (16-103)

    On 03/12/2016 at approximately 2:45 am, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a 911 call reporting a wrong way driver heading westbound on the Leroy Selmon Expressway at the Brandon Express Exit (Upper Deck).

    The ramp was closed to westbound traffic and servicing eastbound traffic only. The wrong way driver, an adult male was traveling west in the eastbound lanes. The HCSO Deputy  had just left Tampa General Hospital following a traffic crash investigation and was traveling eastbound on the Selmon Expressway.

    Just west of the I-75 overpass, the deputy was unable to avoid the crash and the vehicles struck head-on. The wrong way driver died at the scene. The HCSO Deputy was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The Traffic Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation.

    All of the traffic control devices were in working order showing the ramp closed to westbound traffic. It is unknown if alcohol was involved at this time.

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