Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Teen is thrown from pickup and killed in Ruskin

RUSKIN — A teenager died after being thrown from the bed of a pickup that veered off U.S. 41 and struck a light pole early Saturday in southern Hillsborough County.

Around 4 a.m., Cesar Cervantes, 23, of Holly Springs, N.C., was driving the 2002 Dodge Ram with six passengers, mostly teenagers.

Two of the passengers, 15-year-old Nativada Cervantes and 17-year-old Lazaro Espinosa, were riding in the bed of the pickup truck, according to information released late Sunday by the Florida Highway Patrol.

Cesar Cervantes was headed north on First Street SW when he left the road at the intersection with U.S. 41. The truck went up on the grass embankment and flew into the air, striking a light pole on the east shoulder of U.S. 41. As the vehicle rotated counterclockwise across the road, the two teens in the bed were ejected.

Nativada Cervantes of Riverview died at the scene. Espinosa, who lives in Gibsonton, was treated for serious injuries at Tampa General Hospital.

Driver Cesar Cervantes was treated for serious injuries at Tampa General.

Passenger Melane Rodriguez was treated for serious injuries at TGH. Passengers Victor Cervantes of Riverview and Marco Rosario of Holly Springs, N.C., both 15, sustained minor injuries.

Passenger Garriel Cervantes, 18, of Riverview was not injured.

Teen is thrown from pickup and killed in Ruskin 12/27/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 28, 2009 7:18am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Senator says deal set on restoring ACA subsidies ended by Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator says he and a top Democrat have reached an agreement on a plan to extend federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked.

    President Donald Trump sits for a radio interview in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the White House complex in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) DCSW104
  2. Protests at hotel before NFL owners open fall meetings


    NEW YORK — A pair of protests preceded the opening of the NFL's annual fall meetings, where owners and players are seeking a way to highlight social issues while taking the focus away from demonstrations during the national anthem.

    A coalition of advocacy groups 'take a knee' outside of a hotel where members the quarterly NFL league meetings are being held on Tuesday in New York City.  Owners, players and commissioner Roger Goodell are all expected to attend. The activists spoke of having solidarity with athletes and coaches around the country who have also kneeled in protest of racial injustice, especially in policing.
 [Getty Images]
  3. Pasco delays Irma food distribution after problems elsewhere

    Local Government

    DADE CITY — Pasco County has pulled the plug on a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center that had been scheduled to open to the public on Sunday.

    Pasco County has postponed a planned Food for Florida distribution at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center on Collier Parkway and is seeking an alternative site. Last week, commissioners said they feared a repeat of the long lines of traffic that appeared outside Plant City Stadium on Oct. 9. The nutrition program for people affected by Hurricane Irma had been scheduled to come to Land O' Lakes Oct. 18 to 27.  [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Officials caution residents regarding storm debris removal


    As the Pasco County Solid Waste Department and its contractors continue to remove debris left behind by Hurricane Irma, residents are reminded that the free removal does not include picking up new, green vegetation.

  5. Trump issues warning to McCain after senator's 'half-baked' comment (w/video)


    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a warning shot after Republican Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy, saying "people have to be careful because at some point I fight back."

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, accompanied by Chair of the National Constitution Center's Board of Trustees, former Vice President Joe Biden, waves as he takes the stage before receiving the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, Monday, Oct. 16, 2017. The honor is given annually to an individual who displays courage and conviction while striving to secure liberty for people worldwide. [Associated Press]