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Authorities identify victims in accidents that killed six people

The Hillsborough accident, involving six cars, killed two people and injured 11. The Polk County crash killed four.

By LINDA GIBSON

© St. Petersburg Times,
published June 3, 2001


Authorities identified the victims Saturday and tried to piece together what happened in a pair of traffic accidents in Hillsborough and Polk counties that killed six people Friday.

In Hillsborough, most victims of a six-car crash on a rural stretch of State Road 60 remained hospitalized Saturday.

The accident killed two men and injured 11 people, including at least four children.

The two men killed were identified by authorities as Eduardo Cifuentes Sauceclo, 29, and Jermais D. Hibouto. Both lived in Mulberry, in eastern Polk County.

According to Lt. Stephen Mauriello of the Florida Highway Patrol, a 1993 Chevrolet driven by Sauceclo collided with a 1996 Ford while in the two westbound lanes of SR 60 near Smith Ryals Road inBealsville in eastern Hillsborough.

The Chevrolet crossed the median and hit a 1995 Chrysler.

As the Chevrolet and the Chrysler rotated counterclockwise, a 1994 Jeep struck the Chrysler. The 1993 Chevrolet overturned and was hit by a 1987 Chevrolet. Mauriello said. A sixth car, a 2000 Ford, ran into debris.

Recovering Saturday at Tampa General Hospital were Patricia Cunningham, 35, of Plant City; Cheyenne Toole, 3, of Plant City; Lindsey and Logan Farr of Plant City; Betty Brass, 29, of Mulberry; and Kelly Sharpston, 37, of Marianna. Their conditions were not available.

Robert Arin Sharpston was in stable condition at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Mary S. Joyner, 30, was in good condition at South Florida Baptist Hospital in Plant City.

Information on other victims was not available Saturday.

Mauriello said it's likely that charges will be filed after the investigation is finished.

Meanwhile, in the Polk County accident that took four lives, the victims were identified as three members of an Auburndale family and a neighbor.

Authorities said their Ford Explorer collided with a truck near Lakeland.

But FHP troopers said they still had not concluded who was driving the Explorer. A witness told investigators the only survivor in the Explorer was the driver, but the man told officials he was a passenger.

Troopers identified the survivor as Christopher Hart, 20, of Auburndale and said the people killed were his grandmother, Naomi Price, 63, his sister, Robin Price, 12, his brother, Shawn Price, 9, and a friend, Tina Shelton, 23, all of Auburndale.

The green Explorer was traveling west on Saddle Creek Road about 4:30 p.m. and braked for a vehicle that was turning left onto Fish Hatchery Road. The Explorer skidded into the eastbound lane of Saddle Creek Road and into the path of a flatbed semitrailer truck, the FHP said.

The driver of the truck, James Kenneth Jewell Jr., 22, of Eagle Lake suffered minor injuries.

Highway patrol officials said Saturday that no decision had been made on charges.

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