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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-042

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 3, 2017
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    • Public Information Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
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    Traffic Crash With Serious Injuries

    Child was injured in crash.
    • Friday
    • February 3, 2017
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • North Forbes Road and WJ Valley Road

    Vehicle: Jeep Liberty

    Driver: Shirley Bowman (no injuries)
    Age 69
    10530 Branchton Church Road
    Thonotosassa, FL


    Elijah Cruz (critical, but stable)
    Age 7
    521 North Forbes Road
    Plant City, FL


    On February 3, 2017 at approximately 7:00 a.m., Shirley Bowman was driving her blue, 2003, Jeep Liberty southbound on Forbes Road with four passengers at approximately 45 mph. The pedestrian, Elijah Gonzalez Cruz, was waiting in the driveway of 619 Forbes Road to cross the street for the bus stop at Busser Lane and Forbes Road. As a lawn care truck passed northbound, Elijah darted into the path of the Jeep. Ms. Bowman did not have time to avoid the crash and struck Elijah. Elijah suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken via helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. None of the occupants of the Jeep were injured. Cruz remains in critical, but stable condition. Ms. Bowman was fully cooperative and provided a voluntary blood draw. No charges are expected in this case.
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