RIVERVIEW — Alcohol was suspected in an early morning crash that killed a Riverview man, who was driving without headlights or a seat belt, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.
Rodwell A. Naughton, 23, was driving a 2001 Honda Civic about 12:54 a.m. Thursday. He made a right turn from a private driveway to head east on Boyette Road, just west of McMullen Road, according to sheriff's deputies. As Naughton made the turn without the car's headlights on, he entered the path of a Nissan Pathfinder.
The Pathfinder slammed into the rear of the Civic, sending it spinning 75 feet down the road, deputies said. Upon impact, the car's driver side door popped open and Naughton was thrown onto the road. He died at the scene.
As deputies investigated the crash, they found several open containers of alcohol inside the Civic, officials said.
The driver of the Pathfinder, Ennis Alvarez, 55, of Riverview, was not injured.