Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Levy crash kills driver, injures two Hillsborough deputies, three prison inmates

A crash in Levy County involving a Hillsborough County prisoner transport van left two sheriff's deputies and three state prisoners injured Tuesday while the driver of another car died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened about 10:24 a.m. as the van headed south on U.S. 19 in Levy County, troopers said.

At the intersection of NW 140th Street, a 2007 Ford Taurus headed west past a stop sign and into the path of the van.

The driver of the van, Hillsborough Detention Deputy Cephus L. Former, 62, tried to avoid the crash by swerving to the right, troopers said. As he did so, the Taurus slammed into the side of the van. The van rotated before rolling over and coming to rest upright on the side of the road.

The driver of the Taurus, Debra E. Cotton, 40, of Milton, died at the scene, authorities said.

Former and another Hillsborough deputy, Kenneth Haschker, 52, were taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment of what troopers described as minor injuries.

The three inmates also were treated for minor injuries. Officials identified them as Sean T. Powell, 42; Darrell S. Milner, 51; and Joseph Armbruster, 38. They are serving sentences ranging from three to 20 years, stemming from their respective convictions for aggravated battery, robbery, and grand theft. All three were headed back to Hillsborough County for court hearings when the crash happened.

Levy crash kills driver, injures two Hillsborough deputies, three prison inmates 01/22/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Two-vehicle collision leaves driver dead, another with serious injuries

    Accidents

    SAN ANTONIO — A two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning in Pasco County left one person dead and another with serious injuries.

  2. Bob Graham says Trump appears to be pushing Jeff Sessions aside to get at Robert Mueller

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - President Trump's attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions is "unseemly" and without precedent, former Florida Sen. Bob Graham said this morning. 

    Former Sen. Bob Graham on CNN
  3. Innovocative Theatre company debuts with workmanlike production of 'Proof'

    Stage

    TAMPA — A new company debuts with Proof, David Auburn's Pulitzer-winning play. Innovocative Theatre, founded by Dunedin native Staci Sabarsky, is currently running productions out of Stageworks Theatre space. Sabarsky also directs and performs in the show.

    Dennis Duggan plays Robert Marie-Claude Tremblay plays Catherine in Innovocative Theatre's first production, Proof, by David Auburn. Photo courtesy of Staci Sabarsky.
  4. Largo company's bomb-detecting laser device shows promise in finding fentanyl

    Military

    A retired Green Beret who runs a Largo defense company that makes bomb-detecting equipment sees a new use for his laser-based technology: Detecting the dangerous opioid fentanyl from a distance to protect law enforcement personnel and help with prosecutions.

    Tim Molner with Alakai Defense Systems of Largo demonstrates how a company device uses laser technology to analyze chemical residue from a safe distance. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  5. Clearwater Beach driver: 'My intentions were to take my own life'

    News

    CLEARWATER — Ryan Michael Stiles stuck close to the dunes and blared his horn when he drove onto Clearwater Beach last Thursday afternoon. He didn't want to hurt anyone there, he said in an interview from the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday morning.

    Ryan Michael Stiles, 27, was arrested last Thursday after driving onto the sands of Clearwater Beach, police said. He is currently being held at the Pinellas County Jail.