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Chad Chronister, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 17-115

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 20, 2017
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    Traffic Fatality

    The driver was speeding and ran a red light before crashing into two vehicles.
    • Friday
    • March 17, 2017
    • Time: 6:14 AM
    • Waters Avenue and Himes Avenue North

    Vehicle 1: 2004 Ford F150

    Driver 1: Derrick Lamond Upshur
    DOB: 07/07/83
    5106 W. Richardson Ave. Apt. A
    Tampa, FL

    Vehicle 2: 1999 red Ford Mustang

    Driver 2: Jose E Mastrapa (deceased)
    DOB: 01/01/89
    2727 Midtimes Dr.
    Tampa, FL

    Vehicle 3: 2004 Nissan Sentra

    Driver 3: Bahram Amini Sarabi
    DOB: 08/25/74
    At Large


    On March 17, 2017 at 6:14 a.m., Derrick Upshur was operating his F-150 southbound on Himes Ave N approaching Waters Ave W. Jose Mastrapa was eastbound on Waters Ave W in the right lane. Bahram Amini-Sarabi was northbound on Himes Avenue N and was stopped for the red light at Waters Av W. Mr. Upshur was operating his vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit and failed to stop for the red traffic light causing his F-150 to enter the intersection and strike the Mustang. The Mustang was displaced in a southeast direction and struck a utility pole before coming to final rest. The F-150 continued in a southeast direction and struck the Sentra before coming to rest. Mastrapa sustained fatal injuries as a result of this crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Upshur and Sarabi were both transported to St. Joseph's Hospital Main with non-life-threatening injuries. Alcohol is suspected and charges are pending.
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