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Tampa Crash Between Tanker Truck and Rental Scooter Results in Fatality

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on July 5, 2019

Officers with the Tampa Police Department recently responded to reports of an auto accident that took place between a person riding a rented electric scooter and a truck that was traveling down the northern lanes of 20th Street. According to the official reports, it was 4:45 in the afternoon when the incident occurred. The scooter in question, a rental provided by the popular Lime app, was being driven by a 33-year-old individual. It is not clear where they were headed.

Witnesses to the incident told reporters that the 33-year-old was driving down the western lanes of Stuart Street when they reached the intersection of Stuart and 20th. For reasons that are not clear, it appears as though the 33-year-old then pulled out onto 20th Street at the same time that a massive tanker truck also pulled out onto 20th Street via the Marathon petroleum terminal located in the same area. The reports did not indicate whether or not it is believed that the rider of the scooter saw the truck or if they were simply unaware of their surroundings.

After the crash, numerous emergency response units rushed to the scene in order to try and offer medical assistance to the 33-year-old individual. Still alive after the initial crash, this person was then rushed from the crash site to Tampa General Hospital. He remained at this medical center for around a week following the crash, always in critical condition. His death on the 28th left behind a finance as well as a daughter.

Oddly enough, this incident was not the first time that the 33-year-old had been involved in a severe accident. It was reported that in 2015 the same person had been driving a stolen car when they crashed into a large pole located close to 139th Avenue and Nebraska Avenue. In that incident, as soon as the emergency response crews reached the area the man climbed into a pickup truck with the Hillsborough County Fire Rescue team and sped off down Interstate 275, which was heavily congested due to it being rush hour. It was not until reaching the Ashley Street exit off of Interstate 275 that the man’s flight was halted after colliding with numerous cars.

In the incident between the 33-year-old and the tanker truck, it is not believed that any charges are currently pending. It is also not believed that anyone other than the now deceased individual was injured in the crash.


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