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Details emerge in fiery crash that killed prominent Moffitt doctor

TEMPLE TERRACE — Investigators say an orange Dodge Charger was moving about 90 mph when it ran a red light and broadsided a prominent doctor’s car last month on Fowler Avenue.

The impact caused Dr. Charles Canaan Williams’ Acura to catch fire almost immediately. But newly released details about the March 28 crash offer some comfort to those haunted by the beloved oncologist’s death.

Before the flames got too hot, a registered nurse appeared at Williams’ side. The nurse reached in to check for signs of life but found none. Temple Terrace firefighters later determined that Williams died at the scene, less than a half-mile from his Temple Terrace home.

Williams, 70, was a lung cancer specialist who continued to practice medicine in the University of South Florida area after completing a clinical fellowship at the university’s oncology-hematology program in the late 1970’s, his co-workers said.

In 1986, when the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center opened on the USF campus, administrators quickly hired the married father of two. He became a senior member of Moffitt’s Thoracic Oncology program, president and chief executive Alan List said.

Records show the Tampa man who crashed into him also worked at USF. Igbinosa Emmanuel Omosigho-Oghubor, 35, obtained his practical nursing license in May 2013, and state licensing records list him as an active clinical nurse in the Department of Neurology.

Emergency responders transported Omosigho-Oghubor to Tampa General Hospital after the crash, where he later recovered from serious injuries, the crash report said.

It’s the same hospital where Williams worked while studying at USF. "Charles was the first black medical resident at Tampa General Hospital, a mentor to many oncologists over the years, and always put his patients first," his obituary said.

The Temple Terrace Police Department has not filed any criminal charges against Omosigho-Oghubor, spokesman Laurie L. Hayes said in an email.

Police Capt. Michael Pridemore confirmed to Hayes that the department’s case remains open, and investigators are still gathering evidence from the crash.

"Ultimately, the State Attorney’s Office will decide whether charges will be filed," Hayes’ email said.

The State Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the case, saying its own investigation is still active.

Hillsborough County court records show that Omosigho-Oghubor has pleaded guilty to five traffic violations since September 2008, when he received a $206 citation for failing to stop at a red light.

His other citations include a 2013 ticket for operating a vehicle with an expired registration, a 2010 speeding ticket, and two tickets on Jan. 28, 2010, for operating a vehicle with an expired registration and without proof of insurance.

Contact Anastasia Dawson at [email protected] or (813) 226-3377. Follow @adawsonwrites.

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