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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-114

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

    Car struck from behind forced into oncoming traffic.
    • Friday
    • March 18, 2016
    • Time: 12:52 PM
    • US 301 approaching Balm Riverview Road

    Vehicle: 2010 Ford van

    Driver: Mauricio Chacon
    DOB: 5/20/92
    5424 Pasadena Drive
    New Port Richey, FL

    Vehicle: Ford F150

    Driver: Thomas Spala
    DOB: unknown
    3506 Misty Oaks Place
    Riverview, FL

    Vehicle: 2014 Honda Accord

    Driver: Berrisford Turner (deceased)
    DOB: 11/25/41
    12011 Timber Hill Drive
    Riverview, FL

    Vehicle: 2014 Ford Focus

    Driver: Patricia Gerbino
    DOB: 12/13/45
    1119 Jasmine Creek Court
    Sun City Center, FL


    On March 18, 2016 at 12:52 p.m., Mauricio Chacon was driving a 2010 Ford Van southbound on US 301 approaching Balm Riverview Road. He drove right and sideswiped a Ford F150 being driven by Thomas Spala. He then struck the rear of a 2014 Honda Accord being driven by Berrisford Turner.  The Accord was forced into the oncoming northbound lane where a 2014 Ford Focus, driven by
    Patricia Gerbino, struck him head on.

    Turner was transported to Tampa General Hospital with internal injuries, and was later pronounced at 5:04 p.m. His next of kin was notified. Chacon did not exhibit signs of impairment and agreed to a voluntary blood draw. He was driving for Express Medical Transportation. Charges are pending.
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