Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Crash kills Spring Hill man

SPRING HILL — A 27-year-old Spring Hill man was killed early Tuesday when he lost control of his vehicle as he sped down a hill, authorities said.

Jovan Audreen Reese of 7388 Holiday Drive was heading north on Gonzo Road around 12:30 a.m. in his gold 2004 Chrysler when he came upon the crest of a hill, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the vehicle descended the hill, authorities said, Reese hit the brakes but his car began to spin.

The car flipped twice, throwing Reese from it. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Before reaching the hill, Reese sped through a stop sign and nearly hit a vehicle driven by a Hernando deputy, according to the FHP and the Sheriff's Office. The deputy, Glen Hickey, lost sight of the vehicle as it approached the top of the hill.

"It was a near-collision," said Sgt. Donna Black, a spokeswoman with the Sheriff's Office. "But the deputy never even saw the car until he got over the hill. (Reese) was just driving fast … that's what alerted the deputy."

According to state driving records, Reese's driver's license was suspended and he had many traffic violations in recent years.

Reese was labeled a habitual traffic offender in Florida in September, and he had been arrested at least nine times in Hernando since September 2002 on charges ranging from grand theft auto to cocaine possession.

A message left at his family's Spring Hill home was not returned Tuesday afternoon.

Times researcher Caryn Baird contributed to this report. Joel Anderson can be reached at [email protected] or 754-6120.

Crash kills Spring Hill man 04/08/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 14, 2008 11:49am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs safety Chris Conte became a father during Sunday's loss at Arizona

    Bucs

  2. Moffitt CEO Alan List, new chair of Tampa Hillsborough EDC, outlines goals for 2018

    Economic Development

    Moffitt Cancer Center CEO Alan List was officially elected the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. at the EDC's annual meeting held Tuesday night at the Amalie Arena. He endorsed a stronger pursuit of life science business for the region and praised ongoing efforts to raise the national …

    Dr. Alan F. List, CEO of Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center, now wears an economic development hat as the 2018 chairman of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. [Special to the Times]
  3. Small plane crashes on St. Petersburg street

    Public Safety

    ST. PETERSBURG — A small plane crashed at 18th Avenue S and 16th Street on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

    The plane apparently hit an SUV as it came to rest after crashing on 18th Avenue S in St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon. [DIRK SHADD | Times]
  4. Time to break out the Bucs fan's emergency kit?

    Bucs

    A fan in a throwback jersey waits for the start of a game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. LOREN ELLIOTT | Times
  5. Plan your weekend: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, MarineQuest, Florida Orchestra pops in the park, rodeo

    Events

    Plan your weekend

    Concerts

    Music weekend: Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and Bruno Mars all in one weekend? We have a playlist of a weekend coming up. Thursday brings Bruno's sold-out 24K Magic World Tour to Amalie Arena. The next day brings the country power …

    Bill Clark and Danelle Dasouqi admire the chalk art on the side walk during the final day of the three day Chalk Art Festival in Clearwater Beach. JIM REED/STAFF