Ruskin coupled killed in two-vehicle crash

RUSKIN – A Ruskin couple was killed late Friday in a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of US Highway 41 and Cockroach Bay Rd. Clarence W. Bassett Jr., 82, and Sallie Bassett, 70, were pronounced dead at the scene just after 11pm. According to a Florida Highway Patrol report Bassett Jr. was driving east on Cockroach Bay Rd. in his 2001 Chevrolet Colorado when he entered US 41, directly into the path of a 2003 Ford Expedition. The driver of the Expedition, 32-year-old Vincent Clavel-Menjivar, was unable to avoid a collision and struck the left side of the Colorado. Bassett’s vehicle overturned onto its left side. Clavel-Menjivar and a passenger in his vehicle, 32-year-old Gloria Cortez, both suffered minor injuries. The cause of the crash is still under investigation. for more information please visit: http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/hillsborough/ruskin_fatal_crash040911