Driver Not Cited for Fatal Traffic Crash

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INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 1/11/2011, at 7:43 PM

LOCATION: I-275 Tampa Street Ramp

PEDESTRIAN: Sidney Robert Summerlin, W/M, DOB:9/27/78, At Large (Deceased)

DRIVER: Benjamin J. Walker, W/M, DOB: 9/20/1968, 6713 Thackston Drive, Riverview

VEHICLE: 1994 Acura 4-door


Sidney Summerlin was attempting to run across the I-275 Tampa Street ramp when a 1994 Acura struck him. The driver, Benjamin Walker, did not see the victim running across the street and could not avoid hitting him. Tampa Fire Rescue responded to the scene and pronounced Summerlin deceased.

Tampa Police detectives responded to investigate the crash. They have determined that Summerlin was not crossing at a crosswalk. Walker was not cited for the accident.

Janelle McGregor
Public Information Office

**Previous Release**


Tampa Police are on scene at what appears to be traffic fatality in downtown Tampa. The location of the incident is N. Tampa St. and E. Tyler. The crash appears to involve a pedestrian. Tampa Police Detectives are responding to the scene and the investigation is in a very preliminary stage. More details to follow as they become available.

Thanks in advance.

Lieutenant David Goodman
District II