Monday, February 19, 2018
Public safety

FHP: No charges in cement mixer crash on SR 54

ODESSA — After an investigation, authorities said they will not charge the driver of a cement mixer that slammed into three cars last week.

The investigation showed that the truck's brakes failed while driver Jose Felix Fonseca-Reina exited the Suncoast Parkway onto State Road 54, said Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

The truck, owned by A-Plus Masonry & Concrete Pumping in Odessa, wouldn't stop. At 11:47 a.m. Sept. 5, it barreled across the westbound lanes of SR 54 and a grassy median before it broadsided three cars stopped in the eastbound lane, FHP reports state.

Those three cars were arranged parallel to each other: a 1995 Honda Accord in the inside lane driven by Johanna Cronin, 50, of Land O'Lakes; a 2012 Volvo XC60 sport utility vehicle in the center lane driven by Maria Gelyon, 37, also of Land O'Lakes; and a 2013 Toyota Scion two door in the outside lane driven by Ashley Campbell, 27, of Dade City.

All three were taken to bay area hospitals. Cronin and Campbell were released within a couple hours, Gaskins said. Geylon was released within the next day. All suffered minor injuries, Gaskins said.

Fonseca-Reina also received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

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