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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 16-246

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 31, 2016
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    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Double Traffic Fatality

    Husband and wife are killed in four vehicle traffic crash.
    • Monday
    • May 30, 2016
    • Time: 11:35 AM
    • Parsons Avenue


    V1: 2007 Beige GMC Denali,
    Driver: Sanita Sookdeo, age 48,
    1318 Rushgrove Cr. Dover, FL

    V2: 2003 Silver Acura TL
    Driver: Richard D Crete, age 54 (Fatality)
    10131 Sedgebrook Dr. Riverview, FL

    Right Front Passenger: Tanya J. Crete, age 58 (Fatality)
    10131 Sedgebrook Dr. Riverview, FL

    V3: 2006 Blue Toyota Highlander
    Driver: Douglas E. Teten, age 62
    601 Pinewalk Dr. Brandon, FL

    V4: 2016 White Toyota Corolla
    Driver: Elliot Acosta, age 35
    2249 Fluorshire Dr. Brandon, FL

    Rear Passenger: Annibella Garcia, age 3
    416 Cranberry Ln. Brandon, FL


    The following information is what's known at the time of this release and is subject to change as the investigation continues;

    Hillsborough County, FL - On 05/30/16 at 11:35 am,  Mrs. Sanita Sookdeo was driving her Denali southbound on Parsons Ave in the left lane at a high rate of speed. Ahead of her, in the left southbound lane, Richard Crete and his wife, Tanya, were traveling in their Acura at approximately 40 to 45 mph when they where rear ended by Mrs. Sookdeo. The Denali ramped over the Acura and continued southeast, approximately 530 feet, struck an embankment and went airborne again over Jersey Ave where the Corolla was stopped in the westbound lane of Jersey Ave. The Denali then struck a tree on the southeast corner of Jersey Ave. and Parsons Ave., coming to final rest upside down facing southeast. The Corolla was struck by debris form the Denali. The Acura was redirected southeast, across the northbound (oncoming) lanes of Parsons Ave just brushing the right rear of the Highlander that was northbound in the right lane of Parsons Ave. The Acura came to rest on the east shoulder facing south with severe rear crush damage. Mrs. Crete was transported to Brandon Hospital where she was pronounced deceased. Mr. Crete was transported to Tampa General where he was pronounced deceased. Mrs. Sookdeo was transported to Tampa General Hospital with serious injuries. The occupants of the Highlander and Corolla where not injured. Traffic Homicide responded to the scene to conduct the investigation.  Alcohol and or drugs are not expected to be involved at this time. Next of Kin has been notified. Charges are pending.

    The investigation continues.

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