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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-104

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 14, 2017
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    Traffic Fatality

    Passenger suffered fatal injuries in traffic crash.
    • Monday
    • March 13, 2017
    • Time: 3:22 PM
    • 2814 14th Avenue S.E.
    • Ruskin, Florida

    Involved:

    Vehicle: 2012 Hyundai Sonata
    Driver: Denise Noel
    DOB: 05-10-1985
    10656 Standing Stone Drive
    Wimauma, FL

    Passengers:
    Elicane Tanelus
    DOB: 01-01-1952 (Left Rear)

    Ashton Noel
    DOB: 11-09-2010 (Right Rear)

    Clayton Noel
    DOB: 11-10-2015 (Center Rear)

    Vehicle: 2004 Chevrolet Silverado
    Driver: Yasmin Marie Fuentes
    DOB: 03-09-2000
    2012 30th Street S.E.
    Ruskin, FL

    Details:

    On 03-13-2017 at approximately 3:22 p.m., Denise Noel was operating her 2012 Hyundai Sonata southbound across 14th Avenue S.E. and making a left turn from a private driveway at 2814 14th Avenue S.E. In making the left turn, Denise Noel turned in front of an oncoming westbound vehicle and was struck on the left side of the vehicle.

    Yasmin Marie Fuentes was operating a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck westbound on 14th Avenue S.E. at approximately 30-35 mph. Yasmin Fuentes saw the Hyundai make a left turn in front of her and applied her brakes in an attempt to avoid the collision, but was unable to do so, striking the Hyundai with the front of her vehicle. Yasmin Fuentes related it was raining and when she applied her brakes, her tires slid on the roadway.

    As a result of the crash, Denise Noel, Elicane Tanelus, Ashton Noel and Clayton Noel were all transported to Tampa General Hospital. Elicane Tanelus died as a result of the injuries she sustained in the crash. The three remaining occupants of the Hyundai sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

    Yasmin Fuentes was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital South where she was treated and released.
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