Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Three people seriously injured in crash at SR 54 and Suncoast Parkway

ODESSA — A cement mixer with failing brakes slammed into three cars on State Road 54 on Wednesday, authorities said, sending those three drivers to the hospital and shutting the road to traffic for hours.

The crash happened about 11:47 a.m., as a cement truck driving south on the Suncoast Parkway exited onto SR 54, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The driver, Jose Felix Fonseca-Reina, 39, of Port Richey, told troopers his brakes failed and he was unable to stop the 1999 Oshkosh cement truck at the bottom of the exit ramp.

The truck, owned by A-Plus Masonry & Concrete Pumping in Odessa, kept going south, cutting through the westbound lanes and over a grassy median before hitting three cars stopped in the eastbound lanes, FHP said.

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.

Cronin was taken to Tampa General Hospital. Gelyon and Campbell were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital. FHP said all three were in serious but stable condition.

Fonseca-Reina received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. FHP is investigating to determine whether to issue a citation.

Rob Brue, owner of A-Plus Masonry & Concrete Pumping, said he had only heard basic details of the crash and was headed to the scene Wednesday afternoon to find out more.

"I'm very distraught about this situation," he said. "I know it's a mechanical failure, but my heart goes out to these families."

Three people seriously injured in crash at SR 54 and Suncoast Parkway 09/05/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 7:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Review: Arcade Fire open hearts, play with passion at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa


    Gloves off, hearts open and disco balls glittering, Arcade Fire scaled the stage for the first time ever in Tampa, pouncing and flailing and performing with all the passion that’s made them one of the world’s most celebrated rock bands this century.

    Arcade Fire performed at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa on Sept. 22, 2017.
  2. Lightning's Steven Stamkos looks close to top form in first game since November

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — The wait felt like forever for Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, having gone 10 months without playing in a game.

    A scramble in front of the Lightning goal has Matthew Peca, far left, and Erik Cernak, middle, helping out goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of a 3-1 win against the Predators. Vasilevskiy, who made 29 saves, was “exceptional,” coach Jon Cooper says.
  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb may have pitched last game in Rays uniform (w/video)

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — RHP Alex Cobb pitched well enough to lead the Rays to an 8-3 win over the Orioles on Friday.

    Wilson Ramos gives thanks after hitting a grand slam during the second inning, putting the Rays up 4-0.
  4. Steven Souza Jr. vindicating big trade for Rays

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — There was a time when the three-team, 11-player transaction the Rays orchestrated to get Steven Souza Jr. from the Nationals looked liked a bad deal.

    The Rays’ Steven Souza Jr. has 30 home runs this season while improving his defense and baserunning but wants to improve on his .236 batting average.
  5. Fennelly: Lightning's Manon Rheaume made history 25 years ago Saturday

    Lightning Strikes

    The name is part of Lightning history, hockey history, sports history.

    Lightning goalie Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in an NHL game 25 years ago today.