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PCSO News Release

Media Contact:
Eleazer, Carrie

Public Information Officer 
News Date: 10/27/2011 

 Arrest Made In September 2010 Traffic Fatality 


A Lithia man was arrested on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, on a Polk County warrant on several charges stemming from a September, 2010 traffic fatality. 

Timothy Ryan Hammock, DOB 6/22/1991, of 11126 Tuten Loop in Lithia, was arrested in Hillsborough County on a Polk County warrant for 1 count Vehicular Homicide, 1 count Reckless Driving Causing Property Damage, 3 counts Reckless Driving Causing Serious Bodily Injury, and 4 counts DWLSR Causing Injury.  

The crash occurred on September 28, 2010. Around 7:55 a.m. that morning, a 1998 Ford SUV heading westbound on CR 640 near Anderson Road in Mulberry, crossed the center line and into the path of a 2008 Ford truck heading eastbound on CR 640. The truck was driven by James W. Clark IV (DOB 6/10/1986) of Riverview. Clark was critically injured and transported to the hospital by EMS. From the date of the crash until October 2011, the other parties involved in the crash could not tell PCSO deputies who was driving the SUV. 

Inside the SUV were: 

Timothy Hammock, who was through extensive investigation positively identified as the driver, and four passengers: 

Jeffrey Surbaugh, Jr., DOB 3/20/1992, of Plant City, who received extensive injuries;

Derreck Wilkerson, DOB 4/6/1993, of Lithia, who received extensive injuries; 

Holly Bowman, DOB 7/8/1992, of Plant City, who received extensive injuries; 

and Heather M. Layton, DOB 12/15/1990, of Plant City, who died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. 

Traffic deputies working the crash spent nearly a year investigating the crash -- analyzing evidence, interviewing all parties involved, even traveling out of state -- before ultimately and positively identifying Hammock as the at-fault driver of the SUV. PCSO deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest on the aforementioned charges.


Hammock was taken into custody without incident in Hillsborough County on October 26, 2011, and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. He is being held without bond until he is transported to the PCSO jail.