Hillsborough County
Chad Chronister, Sheriff
  • News Releases are to be used for informational purposes only.
    Information provided should not be relied upon for any type of legal action.

    Release Number: 19-114

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Affairs Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 18, 2019
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Affairs Office : piocommandcenter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Traffic Fatality

    Pedestrian suffered fatal injuries.
    • Sunday
    • March 17, 2019
    • Time: 9:00 PM
    • Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
    • Tampa, Florida


    Thomas Vinson Oliver
    White Male


    On Sunday around 9 p.m., deputies responded to a person down on the southbound lanes of Bruce B. Downs, approximately 800 feet south of 131 Avenue. Minguelina A. Schonherr (DOB: 05/08/58) was driving a Toyota Tundra when she hit a man laying the roadway. Schonherr said she did not see Thomas Oliver who was transported to AdventHealth and later pronounced dead.

    Oliver had been picked up by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue earlier in the evening when he was laying down on Fletcher Avenue. He was transported to James Haley Veteran's Hospital where he refused treatment and left on foot. This was approximately 15 minutes before he was hit on Bruce B. Downs.

    There is witness testimony which indicates other vehicle(s) may have struck Oliver after the initial impact with the Tundra. Detectives are looking for any information about those other vehicles or drivers to help complete the picture of the whole incident. It is believed they may not have even realized that they hit someone and this case is not is not being classified as a "hit and run." No charges are expected to be filed in this case.

    Anyone with information regarding this matter is asked to call HCSO at 813-247-8200.

    This is all the information that will be released at this time.


  • Sheriff Chad Chronister
    Sheriff Chad Chronister
Sheriff's Operations Center
Sheriff's Operations Center
  • Emergencies
  • 911
  • Non-Emergencies
  • (813) 247-8200
  • Crime Stoppers
  • (800) 873-8477
  • HCSO Telephone Directory
  • Click Here...
Orient Road Jail
Copyright © 2019 Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office all rights reserved.  Terms of Use | Privacy Policy