TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver who was killed early Friday in the third wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 this year.
The driver was Edward Jose Duran, 23, of Green Ridge Drive in Tampa, the FHP said Saturday. Investigators said Duran was driving his 1997 Honda Accord the wrong way at about 2:45 a.m., against southbound traffic, north of downtown and struck an ambulance with two attendants. There were no patients in the ambulance.
Duran died at the scene and the two people in the ambulance suffered minor injuries.
The FHP said Duran was probably under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as were the two wrong-way drivers earlier this year. Blood tests are pending.
Duran, who was not carrying any identification, had started driving the wrong way on the interstate minutes before the fatal crash, FHP said. Drivers called 911, but Duran crashed into the ambulance just north of Floribraska Avenue.
The crash remains under investigation.