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One Dies in Single-Car-Crash Near Tampa

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on December 8, 2019

A single-car crash in Tampa late in November was then subjected to a detailed investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol as they attempted to uncover just what happened within the vehicle to cause the incident. Reports from the FHP stated that a 54-year-old Seffner woman was behind the wheel of a Toyota Camry and traveling down the northern lanes of State Road 618 when she approached the intersection between this road and the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway sometime around midnight on the day in question.

While the precise reasons for the accident remain under investigation, it seems that the 54-year-old was attempting to transfer off of State Road 618 and merge onto the eastern lanes of Interstate 4 when something happened to cause her to drift out of her own lane. It is not clear if the drift was caused by the driver losing control of the car or if it was a case of distracted driving. It is also possible that the driver fell asleep at the wheel or that there was something within the roadway that they were attempting to avoid.

Before the driver could correct the action, the front right side of their car struck the concrete barrier wall. The force of this collision caused the car to spin around, resulting in the left side of the car slamming into the barrier wall. After this dual crashing of the car into the hard wall, it seems that the Camry came to a stop.

It is not clear who called 911 to the scene of the incident, but emergency response crews rushed to the area in order to tend to the injured individual. It is believed that the 54-year-old was alone in the car at the time of the crash, and no other cars were involved, so the efforts of the first responders went solely towards tending to the driver of the Camry.

When the emergency crews reached the area, the driver was still alive. After assessing the damage she suffered, EMTs and paramedics carefully lifted her into an ambulance and rushed her to Tampa General Hospital. The woman’s injuries were severe, however, and she was declared dead sometime after arriving at the medical center.

At the time of this writing, it has been confirmed that alcohol was not a contributing agent in the fatality.


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