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Driver fleeing traffic stop crashes, dies in Trinity

TRINITY — A driver who fled from an attempted traffic stop by sheriff's deputies crashed into a utility pole on Trinity Boulevard and was killed about 8 p.m. Friday.

Pasco County sheriff's deputies saw the car speeding and tried to pull it over, but called off the pursuit when the car sped away, deputies said. The car then hit a utility pole and caught fire.

Deputies believe the driver was the only person in the car. Because of the live electrical wires, traffic at Trinity Boulevard and State Road 54 was closed Friday night.

Progress Energy was reporting that about 10,500 customers were without power.

Spring Hill resident Hernando Quintero was driving along Trinity Boulevard near where it intersects with State Road 54 when he saw the fleeing driver pass him. Quintero said the car was going very fast when it came to a curve in the road.

"He lost control, and he hit the pole," Quintero said. "There were sparks all over."

No additional information about the driver or circumstances surrounding the crash were released by the Sheriff's Office late Friday.

Driver fleeing traffic stop crashes, dies in Trinity 07/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:44pm]
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