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Wrong-way Tampa crash injures Hillsborough deputy, two drivers

TAMPA — A wrong-way driver caused a crash Tuesday afternoon that injured three people, including a deputy, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

The agency received a report just before 3:30 p.m. about Reginald Gambrell driving a 2003 Isuzu Axiom sport-utility vehicle the wrong way near 30th Street and E Fletcher Avenue.

Deputy John Duran, a school resource officer at Martinez Middle School, responded to the report.

Gambrell was experiencing a medical emergency at the time, deputies said, and drove onto the sidewalk near the intersection of E Fletcher and N Florida Avenues. Then the Isuzu clipped the front of a 2016 Nissan Altima driven by Holly Neider.

That collision caused Gambrel to swerve and strike the rear driver’s side of Duran’s patrol cruiser, deputies said.

All three drivers were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and were all reported to be in stable condition, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Gambrel’s medical emergency was not disclosed by the agency. A passenger in the Altima was also injured but refused medical treatment.

Gambrell was cited for driving the wrong way, deputies said. No criminal charges will be filed in this case.

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