Friday, March 22, 2013
His car collided with a parked front-end loader in a construction area.
A Riverview man has critical injuries after an accident on I-75 in the New Tampa area Friday afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Ismael Torres, 46, was northbound on I-75 just south of County Line Road when his vehicle traveled onto a grass median and collided with a parked front-end loader in a construction area. Torres was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Crews worked hours to clean up the estimated 25,000 pounds of chemicals spilled at the intersection of U.S. 301 and Big Bend Road.
The intersection of U.S. 301 and Big Bend road was closed for two hours last night after a tractor-trailer truck transporting a fertilizer product overturned, dumping about a fourth of its 87,800 pounds of the load onto the road. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Orlando Soto, 28, of Ruskin was traveling north on U.S. 301 in a tractor-trailer truck owned by Dillon Transport at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, when he attempted to make a left turn to travel west on Big Bend Road. However, according to troopers, Soto was traveling too fast to successfully make the turn. The truck overturned onto its right side, spilling an estimated 25,000 pounds of the chemical into the intersection. Although the highway patrol identified the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The Florida Highway Patrol wants to teach students how to share the road with big trucks.
Bloomingdale and Durant high school driver education students are getting a lesson in sharing today. Florida Highway Patrol troopers along with professional truck drivers are visiting 13 Hillsborough County schools Thursday, Jan. 24, to educate more than 1,000 high school driver education students on how they, as new drivers on Florida’s highways, can safely share the road with tractor trailers. “Sharing the road safely with large trucks can be a challenge for anyone, but it is especially challenging to new drivers,” said Mary Lou Rajchel, president and CEO of the Florida Trucking Association. “To ease this apprehension and educate young, new drivers, we provide education on the operating characteristics of full-size tractor trailers, as …
Michael A. Whelan, 31, was killed when he lost control of his pickup truck Jan. 24.
A Riverview man was killed early Thursday morning, Jan. 24, in a single-car crash at the exit ramp from Interstate 75 to State Road 60. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael A. Whelan, 31, of Riverview was traveling south on the exit ramp from I-75 to State Road 60 in his 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup truck at 3:20 a.m. when he lost control, drove off the roadway and struck several reflectors and outside guardrail. The pickup then overturned and Whelan was ejected. The highway patrol is continuing its investigation into the accident.
Friday, January 11, 2013
During the period from Dec. 12 to Jan. 2, troopers issued 39,000 traffic citations.
More than 500 Florida residents will be heading to court this year to face charges of Driving Under the Influence following a holiday crackdown by the Florida Highway Patrol. Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, announced the preliminary enforcement results from the patrol’s involvement in the nationwide Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign Dec. 12 to Jan. 2. To take part in the campaign, the highway patrol beefed up its force by having troopers postpone administrative duties in favor of road patrols and adding reservists and auxiliary troopers to patrol duty. During that three-week period, troopers issued 39,202 traffic citations on Florida highways and made 548 arrests for Driving Under the Influence of …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
There were 43 fatal pedestrian traffic accidents in a seven-county area including Hillsborough County in 2012.
She simply was trying to catch the school bus to Guinta Middle School on Nov. 16. However, 13-year-old Andrea Bower’s dash across Bloomingdale Avenue during rush-hour traffic ended her life too soon. The teen was struck by a Ford SUV and dragged 20 feet. She later died at Tampa General Hospital. It’s tragedies such as this that is prompting the Florida Highway Patrol to urge increased vigilance on behalf of drivers and pedestrians during the coming year. In the past year, the FHP has investigated 331 traffic crashes involving pedestrians in a seven-county area. Of that number, 43 were fatal. Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties had the highest number of pedestrian fatalities this year in the seven-county area. There were 12 in …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The incident occurred on Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Two adults who weren't wearing seatbelts and their infant child, who was "likely unrestrained," were ejected from a car during an accident on Saturday morning, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol. Around 9:04 a.m. on Saturday, a 2000 Ford Taurus occupied by driver Mario Limon, 25, passenger Desiree R. Parks, 23, and 11-month-old Ruby Limon was headed southbound on the inside lane of I-75 at the 244 milepost, according to the FHP report. Limon, of Gibsonton, drove into the right lane and over-corrected back to the center median, overturning the car, the report said. The car hit several trees in the median and ejected Parks, of Riverview, and their child, the report said. Limon and Parks were airlifted to Tampa General …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Troopers will be on the lookout for defective vehicles and improperly licensed drivers throughout the Bloomingdale-Riverview area.
BHas your driver’s license expired? Maybe you’ve forgotten to check whether your turn signals work properly? If you’ve been putting off those nagging little maintenance jobs that go hand-in-hand with driving, you might want to get on the ball. The Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout throughout the month of December for vehicles that have safety equipment defects and drivers who get behind the wheel without valid licenses. According to FHP spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins, troopers will set up checkpoints all over Hillsborough County throughout December. “The patrol has found these checkpoints to be an effective means of enforcing the equipment and driver license laws of Florida while ensuring the protection of all motorists,” Gaskins…
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence Nov. 22-25 on Florida’s high-volume roadways during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday
The Thanksgiving holiday is a peak travel period for families coming together, but far too often the holiday celebration turns to tragedy because of failure to drive carefully and buckle up. The Florida Highway Patrol will increase its presence Nov. 22-25 on Florida’s high-volume roadways during the four-day period. Auxiliary and reserve troopers will volunteer to augment the patrol. Troopers will focus their enforcement efforts on impaired driving, speeding, following too closely and other aggressive driving behaviors. In addition, troopers will conduct strict enforcement of safety belt and child restraint laws. “Throughout the year and especially during busy travel times, such as the Thanksgiving holiday, we enforce Florida’s seatbelt …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The three-vehicle crashed closed Interstate 75 for hours Friday afternoon.
Update 8:45 p.m. Nov. 2: All lanes on Interstate 75 have reopened following a fatal crash that took place earlier this afternoon. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a 2001 Ford Focus driven by Alicia Fontes-Ferraz, 20, of Tampa was merging onto northbound I-75 from Fowler Avenue around 1:50 p.m. today, Nov. 2, when the crash occurred. Fontes-Ferraz’s vehicle traveled into the path of a 2006 Kenworth semi-truck driven by Paul Pitts, 48, of Panama City, Fla. Pitts tried to avoid the crash by merging into the inside travel lane. When he did, however, his semi collided with another semi-truck. The second semi traveled into the center media and hit a concrete barrier wall, entered the median and caught fire, according to a highway patrol …