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Lying in road, Tampa man hit and killed

TAMPA — For the second time in a week, a man has been killed after lying down on a road.

Brett Johnson Bailey, 19, of Tampa was lying in the southbound lanes of Sheldon Road, north of Waters Avenue, at 4:15 a.m. Saturday when he was run over by a 2002 Acura Integra, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The driver, Stephanie Marisol Maisonet, 26, of Tampa, told deputies she didn't see Bailey until it was too late. Witnesses told deputies that Bailey had been drinking at a party before the accident.

Nearly a week earlier on Sept. 14, a Valrico man died after lying down on State Road 60 and being run over by a van.

Quinn Gilchrist, 20, was eastbound on SR 60 in Hillsborough County when he lost control of his car and spun out in a vegetable field west of the Polk County line, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Troopers said Gilchrist left the car and walked east, along the westbound lanes of SR 60. After crossing into Polk County, Gilchrist lay down on the road. Troopers said last week that they didn't know why. He was run over by a van driven by Fortunato Castro-Castro, 57, of Mulberry.

Troopers said Castro-Castro didn't realize what he had hit and kept driving until his van became disabled at an intersection. Passers-by blocked the roadway to protect Gilchrist's body until emergency responders arrived.

In both cases the drivers have not been not charged.

Robbyn Mitchell can be reached at (813) 226-3373 or rmitchell@ sptimes.com.

Lying in road, Tampa man hit and killed 09/20/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 25, 2008 3:49pm]
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