Man rescued while lying in one street is fatally injured while lying in another

Thomas Vinson Oliver was hit by at least one vehicle around 9 p.m. in the southbound lanes of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, near the entrance to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
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Published March 18
Updated March 18

TAMPA — A 57-year-old man who was rescued Sunday while lying in a street was struck and fatally injured soon afterward while lying in another street, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Thomas Vinson Oliver was treated by Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedics after he was found laying on E Fletcher Avenue that evening. He was taken to James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital at 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. but refused medical treatment, deputies said, and walked away.

About 15 minutes later, at about 9 p.m., deputies said he was struck by at least one vehicle in another road, the southbound lanes of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, near the entrance to the veterans’ hospital, deputies said. He was taken to another nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Minguelina A. Schonherr, 60, who was driving the Toyota Tundra pickup that hit Oliver, told deputies she did not see him. Deputies are looking for other motorists who may also have struck Oliver but didn’t realize it at the time.

No charges are expected to be filed in this case. Anyone with information about this incident was asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.

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