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Troopers: Gasoline tanker rear-ends car, killing Tampa woman

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: July 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

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A Tampa woman died early Monday when her car was rear-ended by a gasoline tanker truck on Causeway Boulevard, troopers said.

Waynenecia Shacole Tillman, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said.

The crash occurred at 3:50 a.m. as Tillman's 2003 Pontiac Grand Am was heading east in the outside lane of Causeway Boulevard, west of 86th Street, troopers said.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, the Pontiac was traveling at a slow speed or may have been stopped for unknown reasons.

The tractor-trailer, driven by Louis Albert Hartung, 48, of New Port Richey, was also eastbound, approaching the Pontiac from the rear, troopers said.

Troopers said Hartung failed to observe the Pontiac and collided with the rear of the car.

Tillman was not wearing a seat belt, troopers said.

The 2012 Freightliner tractor-trailer, operated by Petroleum Transport Lines, of Clearwater, was hauling gasoline but did not spill its cargo or sustain any fuel leaks.

Charges are pending, according to the highway patrol report.

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