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Hillsborough deputies seek truck driver who shot motorcyclist

BRANDON — A pickup truck driver shot and injured a motorcyclist who pulled in front of him in Brandon, deputies say.

It happened about 11 p.m. July 8 after motorcyclist Patrick Carathanasis, 38, changed lanes in front of a pickup truck near State Road 60 and Providence Road.

The truck driver started following Carathanasis. Near Lakewood and Oakfield drives, the motorcyclist heard a popping sound and realized he had been shot in the back, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office reported.

The pickup drove off, and Carathanasis was taken to Tampa General Hospital where he was stable, deputies say.

Deputies are still searching for the truck driver and are asking for the public's help. The only descriptions they have are that the driver is a man and that the truck is either white or pearl-colored with dark-tinted windows and expensive-looking rims.

Investigators are not sure that this was a case of road rage because Carathanasis told deputies he doesn't believe he cut the truck driver off, and a witness said it appeared Carathanasis had plenty of room to merge.

Detectives are asking that anyone that was in the area July 8, or who has any information on the incident, to call the Sheriff's Office at (813) 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.

Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

Hillsborough deputies seek truck driver who shot motorcyclist 07/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 9:22pm]
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