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Trucker cited for Bruce B. Downs crash


Published:   |   Updated: May 12, 2013 at 12:07 PM

A tractor-trailer driver went through a red light Saturday night, hit three vehicles and dragged two along before overturning near Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Interstate 75.

About 11:11 p.m. Saturday, Thomas Jonovitch of Palm Bay was driving a 2005 Freightliner with a trailer as he exited northbound I-75 at the Bruce B. Downs exit ramp, Tampa police said.

Jonovitch failed to stop for the red light at Bruce B. Downs, thinking he was on an extension of the interstate. He then locked his brakes and slid across the intersection, striking three vehicles stopped for a red light southbound on Bruce B. Downs, police said.

The truck continued westbound until going off the west side of Bruce B. Downs, and overturning, according to police. Part of the truck’s load spilled out.

Two of the vehicles that were struck were dragged along, and were partially trapped beneath the overturned trailer. Tampa Fire Rescue responded and extracted the drivers from the trapped vehicles.

The drivers of all three struck vehicles were transported to hospitals for non-life threatening injuries. They are identified as:

--Francisca Ezeogu, 37, of 18936 Wood Sage Drive, Tampa.

--Penny Seon, 50, of 8531 Standish Bend Drive, Tampa.

--Amy Skrzpczak, 18, of 8128 Stone Path Way, Tampa.

Jonovitch, 69, of 963 Essen Ave. S.W., Palm Bay, was cited for failure to stop for a red light, police said. The total estimated damage $100,000.

Bruce B. Downs was reopened to traffic just before 9 a.m., police said.

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