Tower Crew Crashes on Way to Site

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Five men, employed by Wingate Communication and Electric, were on their way to a job site in Brooksville, Florida, on July 29 when a box truck ran a stop sign and struck the vehicle. All five employees were killed: Apolinar Nunez, 49, and Jose Gomez, 53, both of Winter Haven; Guillermo Chavez, 24, of Plant City; and Santos Vega, 47, and an unidentified 48-year-old man from Bartow. The name of the fifth victim is being withheld until Mexican authorities have notified his family. Wingate Communications released a statement following the crash, “We are extremely saddened by this tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with our lost employees’ families at this time. The loss of five lives is a humbling and heart wrenching experience for all involved.  Wingate Communications is a family and we will grieve and work together as families do to get through tough times. There is a memorial fund set up for donations to help support the lost employees’ seven minor children.” According to the Tampa Bay Times, the badly damaged 2006 Chevrolet pickup truck they were driving caught fire with the occupants inside, and it was unclear if the men died on impact or if their lives were lost in the fire. “We need to look out for and keep our workers safe in the air, on the ground and our highways too,” Teri Moore, President of G&G Electric Services, said.

To Donate to the memorial fund:

5469387_1438209338.4343The fund is being set up on Go Fund Me and through MIDFLORIDA
Donations can be made on the Go Fund Me Web site under the memorial’s name: or a donation can be made to the fund through Direct Deposits and ACH transactions to MIDFLORIDA
Routing Number 263179804 Memorial Account Number 121914321

July 31, 2015 |
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