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Fatal crash cuts short reunion of 2 brothers in Tampa

TAMPA — Jason Plummer moved to Tampa to be closer to his older brother.

The two had not spent much time together since they were children growing up in Arizona and California. This was their chance to get to know each other.

But on Saturday, a woman driving a Cadillac collided with the car Plummer, 31, was driving, killing him and injuring his four passengers.

According to Tampa police, Charlotte V. Sowards, 18, was driving west on Wood Street near El Portal Drive at about 9:30 p.m. Plummer, driving his brother's Honda, was traveling south on El Portal Drive when Sowards' car collided with it.

The impact pushed the Honda into a wooden pole and killed Plummer instantly.

Plummer's four passengers, identified as Jean P. Flores, 17, Anthony Adams, 22, Daniella Campo, 15, and Alexandria Symbolis, 16, all of Tampa, were taken to hospitals in serious condition.

Sowards had minor injuries.

No charges have been filed in the crash, which remains under investigation.

"He had a big heart and he was a very loyal person," Plummer's brother, Michael Plummer, said.

Jason Plummer had been driving friends home the night of the accident. They had been at a house near the scene of the crash, his brother said.

Jason Plummer came to Tampa about three months ago to live with his brother after being laid off from his construction job in Fresno, Calif.

For being in the area only a few months, he was quick to make friends.

"Everyone only knew him for a little bit, but you felt like you knew him for years," said Joel Cuevas, 21, of Tampa, who had been with Jason Plummer just hours before his death.

Saturday morning, as he left the house, Michael Plummer saw his brother alive one final time.

"The last thing he said to me was, 'Be safe.' I said, 'You be safe.' "

Fatal crash cuts short reunion of 2 brothers in Tampa 11/22/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 22, 2010 11:58pm]
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