Thursday, January 18, 2018
Public safety

Motorcyclist killed in Riverview crash; driver arrested for DUI manslaughter

RIVERVIEW — A Ruskin man was arrested for DUI manslaughter late Wednesday night after he hit and killed a motorcyclist.

John Clinton Butler, 32, was driving his truck south on U.S. 301 about 11:25 p.m. He didn't stop at a red light at Balm Riverview Road and crashed into a motorcyclist sitting at that light, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report.

The motorcyclist, identified as Heiner Estrada, 30, of Wimauma, was thrown from his bike. He died at the scene.

Butler kept driving forward, pushing the motorcycle, until he crashed into a Ford truck that was sitting at the red light in an oncoming lane, according to the report.

Butler got out of his Chevy truck and ran, the report said. He came back two hours later and was arrested for DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license. He was being held without bail Thursday in the Hillsborough County jail.

The 21-year-old Ford driver, Colton Wilson, of Tampa, displayed no injuries at the scene and was not transported to a hospital, FHP said.

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