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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-849

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • December 27, 2017
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    Traffic Fatality

    Driver suffers fatal injuries in single vehicle traffic crash.
    • Monday
    • December 25, 2017
    • Time: 4:35 AM
    • Hanley Road

    Vehicle: 2001 Ford E-250 Van

    Benito Gonzalez
    Age 61
    6804 Wilshire Court


    On December 25, 2017, at 4:35 am, Benito Gonzalez was driving a 2001 Ford van, northbound on Hanley Road at approximately 45 mph. He was wearing a seatbelt. Just north of Barry Road, Mr. Gonzalez drifted left into the median at the entrance to Palmera Point Apartments. He continued in the grass median for approximately 100 feet with no signs of braking and struck an oak tree head-on. Mr. Gonzalez died at the scene. Next of kin has been notified. The investigation continues.

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