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High-Speed Head-On Crash Kills Two Near Tampa

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on June 17, 2020

A driver headed the wrong way down a major highway within Hillsborough County, close to Tampa, seems to be behind a fatal head-on crash that took place earlier this month. According to reports from the Florida Highway Patrol, the incident took place very early on the morning of Saturday, June 6th. While the main crash involved only two vehicles, a third car became caught up in the debris that was spread across the road after the initial collision took place. It is believed that the driver of this third vehicle managed to escape suffering any injuries whatsoever from the incident.

It was shortly after 3:00 in the morning when a 28-year-old Tampa resident was behind the wheel of a sedan and traveling down the southern lanes of Interstate 275. It is not clear what exactly caused this scenario, but it is clear that the 28-year-old was driving their vehicle down the southbound lanes in the wrong direction. Because there is a concrete median along this stretch of roadway, it is clear that the driver didn’t suddenly drift into the wrong lane. Part of the investigation into the incident revolves around just when the 28-year-old began driving the wrong direction down the highway. At this point, the answer to this question does not appear overtly clear.

As the driver neared mile marker 39, they also closed in on a second sedan being driven by a 20-year-old individual from Largo. It is not known if the Largo resident noticed the oncoming car or had any warning whatsoever that there was a vehicle headed directly towards them. Pictures taken from the scene of the crash indicate that the collision happened while both vehicles were still traveling at an advanced rate of speed.

As a result of the crash, both the 28-year-old and the 20-year-old suffered from extremely severe injuries. It is not clear if either were alive when paramedics and other emergency medical personnel reached the area, but we know that both were declared dead at the scene of the incident.

A third car became involved by crashing into some of the wreckage strewn about the road after the first two cars crashed, but as we mentioned above no one within this third vehicle was injured as a result.


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