Thursday, November 30, 2023

Wrong way driver causes crash on I-275 in Hillsborough County, two dead

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Troopers from the Florida Highway Patrol continue to investigate following a crash that killed two drivers.

The crash occurred at approximately 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, 2020 on I-275 near milemarker 39, approaching the north end of the Howard Frankland Bridge.

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According to the press release, a 28 year-old Tampa man was traveling northbound in the southbound inside lane of I-275 in a white sedan.

The second vehicle, a blue sedan, driven by a 20 year-old Largo man, was traveling southbound in the southbound inside lane of I-275. A third driver was driving an SUV behind the Largo man’s vehicle.

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The first vehicle, traveling the wrong way, collided head-on with the second vehicle. The SUV only collided with debris from the initial crash.

The wrong-way driver’s vehicle came to rest on the median wall of I-275.

Both drivers of the sedans suffered fatal injuries at the scene of the crash. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash as it is no longer part of FHP’s newly revised press release template.

The Florida Highway Patrol’s new policy is to withhold the names of all parties involved due to Marsy’s Law. This law, passed by the voters in 2018, was law was meant to protect crime victims. FHP has expanded and provided this protection even to those that have been arrested and caused the death of others in recent DUI cases. Their interpretation deprives the public of information that had always been available as part of the state’s public records law.

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