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Car flips off overpass near Tropicana Field; driver escapes with broken bones

Rasheed Jabarr Wilson was driving too fast when his car left I-175 and landed below, troopers said. 

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Rasheed Jabarr Wilson was driving too fast when his car left I-175 and landed below, troopers said. 

ST. PETERSBURG — A speeding car veered off a highway overpass and fell about 25 feet before rolling into a concrete column early Wednesday.

The driver, Rasheed Jabarr Wilson, 30, crawled out of the wreckage with a few broken bones. He was sitting on one of the car's dislodged tires when paramedics arrived.

Wilson was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with injuries that were not life threatening. He was held at the hospital throughout the day with broken ribs and a fractured pelvis, said his girlfriend, Joi Curry.

"We're just so thankful there's no permanent damage," she said from Wilson's bedside.

The 2007 Honda sedan drove over an overpass wall on Interstate 175 and landed on Fourth Avenue S near Tropicana Field just before 3 a.m., troopers said.

The car was traveling too fast for conditions on the road, said Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins.

Wilson was heading west on I-175 toward the northbound entrance to I-275 when he lost control of the car, Gaskins said.

The Honda flew over the overpass wall and landed in Lot 2 of Tropicana Field's parking area, near 19th Street S and Fourth Avenue. The car flipped and then rolled into a concrete pillar under the interstate, Gaskins said.

Officials checked the integrity of the structure after the collision and declared it safe.

According to Department of Transportation records, this is not the first time Wilson has been caught speeding. The St. Petersburg man was cited for reckless driving in Pinellas County in 2006 and speeding in Leon County in 2008.

Wilson remained at the hospital in stable condition.

Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Reach Marissa Lang at mlang@sptimes.com.

Car flips off overpass near Tropicana Field; driver escapes with broken bones 10/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 10:00pm]
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