Retired Hillsborough jail deputy dies in head-on crash

TAMPA — A retired Hillsborough County detention deputy died Saturday evening after his pickup truck crashed head-on into an oncoming car, authorities said.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Wade Weatherman, 85, of Tampa was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Colorado north on N Boulevard when for an unknown reason he strayed across the center line and struck a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by Karen Cozart, 30, of Tampa. The crash occurred about 5 p.m. near Noreast Lake Drive, south of Lake Magdalene.

Weatherman was taken to St. Joseph Hospital where he died, investigators said. Cozart and her two passengers received minor injuries and were not hospitalized.

Weatherman was a detention deputy with the Sheriff's Office from 1970 until he retired in 1986, a sheriff's spokeswoman said Sunday.

Deputies are still investigating the crash.

Retired Hillsborough jail deputy dies in head-on crash 11/25/12 [Last modified: Sunday, November 25, 2012 1:54pm]

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