Truck Accident Kills Hillsborough Businessman Lance Ringhaver

Florida Highway Patrol announced prominent businessman and philanthropist Land Ringhaver was killed during a collision with a semi truck.

Local business man credited with helping to bring the Tampa Bay Rays and one of the original team owners was killed during an accident with a tractor trailer.

The crash occurred just after 8:30 p.m. in Palm River-Clair Mel as seventy six year old Lance Ringhaver from Apollo Beach drove southbound in the center lane of U.S. 41 in his Infiniti sedan.

At the same time thirty-eight year old Tampa truck driver Isbel Guzman was attempting to make a U-turn across U.S. 41. Guzman failed to complete the turn which blocked the oncoming lanes with the semi trailer.

Ringhaver did not have time to avoid the collision and the luxury sport sedan slammed into the trailer becoming pinned under the truck.

Guzman was cited by authorities for failing to yield right of way.

Wrong Way Crash Kills Hillsborough Deputy

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announce the death of a deputy struck by a wrong-way driver.

Hillsborough Deputy, thirty year old John Robert Kotfila Jr., was killed in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver.

The crash happened early morning just prior to 3a.m. near the Brandon Mall as Deputy Kotfila departing from Tampa General Hospital during a traffic accident investigation, headed eastbound on Selmon Expressway close to Providence Road.

At the same time, thirty one year old Erik Thomas McBeth was driving the wrong way on the Selmon Expressway and heading directly toward Kotfila.

With no time to avoid the crash, the two vehicles violently collided in a head-on crash. Kotfila was taken to the Hospital but later died as a result of his injuries.

McBeth, the driver of the wrong-way vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement from another driver near the crash, said that Deputy Kotfila pulled in front of her car, thereby protecting her from the head-on collision and taking the full force of the impact.

Motorcycle vs Pick Up Hit-and-Run Injures Rider

A hit and run motorcycle crash involving a pick up truck is being investigated by Police in Tampa.

Authorities have stated that the crash took place close to the intersection of West Sligh Avenue and North Rome Avenue. Just prior to 9:00 p.m. a motorcyclist riding on N Rome Ave. was hit by a pickup truck.

After colliding with  motorcyclist, the driver of the pickup continued down N Rome Avenue fleeing the crash scene.

The motorcyclist was transported to a hospital in Tampa by the fire department.

Tampa Police are investigating the hit-and-run and have asked anyone with knowledge of the crash to call them at 813-931-6500.

Drunk Driver Hit, Injures Pedestrian On Hillsborough Avenue In Tampa Charged With DUI

Tampa Police have charged 34 year-old Rigoberto Ojeda-Leo of Tampa with Driving Under The Influence of  with serious bodily injury, after Ojeda-Leo struck and seriously injured a pedestrian at the intersection of 42nd Street N and Hillsborough Avenue.

The victim of the crash has not yet been identified by Tampa Police.

Wrong-Way Crash Injures Five In Tampa

FHP troopers announced a disoriented elderly woman traveling the wrong direction on Memorial Highway caused a crash that injured five people.

The crash took place on Memorial Highway close to I-275 as an elderly woman drove her Toyota Corolla the wrong direction heading south on the northbound traffic side.

As she continued in the wrong direction she crashed into an oncoming Ford Explorer injuring the driver of the SUV and all four passengers.

The driver of the Corolla was injured in the crash as well, and all of the injured were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa for treatment of their injuries.

Pedestrian Accident In Clearwater Injures Two

Clearwater Police announced that two pedestrians where injured after being struck by a compact SUV Thursday.

The accident took place at roughly five thirty in the morning as forty year-old Washington D.C. native Elizabeth Sandridge attempted to cross Gulf-to-Bay blvd at the intersection with Meadowlark Lane and was struck by an oncoming Mitsubishi Outlander crossover SUV.

Another pedestrian, forty one year old David Schroder from Wilmington North Carolina attempted to get Sandridge to safety but was also hit by the vehicle in the process.

Schroder was brought to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Riverview for medical treatment and Sandridge was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for her injuries.

Police declined to cite the driver of the Mitsubishi sixty-seven year old Jeffrey Moore with failing to yield right of way due to the fact that both pedestrians were not using a crosswalk.

Left-Turn Collision On Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Kills Motorcyclist

Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office announced a fatal crash on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., involving three vehicles.

The crash happened as eighty year old Geraldine Bedford, was traveling north on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and attempted to make a left turn onto University Plaza.

However Bedford failed to yield to oncoming traffic, and drove directly into the path of oncoming motorcyclist twenty year old Kristopher Graham. Graham was followed by another motorcyclist twenty-two year old Antoine Jones.

As Bedford cut across the southbound lanes Graham did not have time to avoid a collision and crashed into the passenger side of Bedford’s vehicle. As as result Jones, who was following Graham then slammed into Graham’s motorcycle.

Motorcyclist Kristopher Graham was pronounced dead at the scene by first responders, however Jones was taken to Florida Hospital Tampa with road rash on his legs and arms.

Tampa Crash Closes I- 75 lanes near Fletcher Avenue

Florida Highway Patrol reported a crash on I-75 in Tampa at the Fletcher Avenue exit resulted in one driver suffering critical injuries.

The Northbound lanes of I-75 were closed for over an hour as police and crews cleared away the wreckage of the accident.

Troopers stated that the crash occurred at roughly 3:20p.m. when Eduardo Villegas-Diaz, a  seventy-six year old man from Brandon had been driving on the northbound lanes of Interstate Seventy Five and for reasons unknown swerved sharply to the right.

Diaz traveled right crossing all of the lanes of traffic and drove onto the median where he crashed into a tree.

The crash seriously injured Diaz who was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No others were injured in the crash.

The interstate was reopened shortly after 4:40p.m.

Car Accident On 40th Street In Tampa Killes One

Tampa Fire Rescue responded to a car crash at 40th Street Sunday.

The crash took place shortly after 3 in the afternoon on the private property of Schwend, Inc. after a car apparently speeding down 40th Street crashed through a fence at the perimeter of the property and smashed into the back of a trailer.

The car was carrying three occupants including a 12-year old boy, an adult male and a woman. The female was killed by the force of the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car, a middle aged man was taken to Tampa Memorial Hospital for treatment. The 12-year old was released after treatment of minor injures.

All occupant of the car were wearing seatbelts during the crash, however none of the occupants have been identified yet.