Police Identify Driver Who Plunged Off of Bridge into Tampa Bay, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, FL — According to online news reports at mysuncoast.com and patch.com, the search for a driver of an SUV that plunged off of the Howard Frankland Bridge after an accident that occurred earlier this week has finally ended. Divers were able to locate the body of the 53-year-old man from Tampa, Florida.*
Members of the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas Sheriff’s Office, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the United States Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission spent several hours attempting to find the driver of the SUV. Initially, the sports utility vehicle was found however, there was no one located therein. The accident happened during the morning rush hour.
Per the Florida Highway Patrol, a white 2006 Saturn SUV was going southbound across the bridge in a manner that was reckless and at a high rate of speed. The Saturn was tailgating a Ford F150 pickup truck and then changed lanes to overtake the vehicle. As it was trying to pass, it slammed into the front end of the Ford F150 that was driven by a 30-year-old man from Tampa, Florida. His vehicle came to rest in the center lane of the bridge. Luckily, the man did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the crash. However, the driver of the SUV rotated following the impact of the crash. It flipped over several times, crashed into a concrete wall and then slammed into the outside concrete barrier of the roadway. The vehicle then flipped over the barrier and plunged into Tampa Bay. The man died as a result of the accident. His body was later recovered.
There are no further details on the accident at this time. The crash remains under investigation by the local police.
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Source:https://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/08/28/crash-bridge-sends-car-plunging-into-tampa-bay/ and https://patch.com/florida/stpete/2-lanes-southbound-howard-frankland-now-open-following-crash
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