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Driver, passenger killed on Selmon expressway

TAMPA — A 22-year-old driver and his 26-year-old passenger were killed Friday night on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway after the car lost control and hit a metal guard rail.

Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins said the driver, Keith J. Scragg of Brandon, and passenger Louis M. Hall of Tampa were pronounced dead at the scene.

Gaskins said the 2005 Mitsubishi was traveling fast east on the expressway, weaving in and out of slower traffic, when the driver lost control near a curve just west of the N 22nd Street exit. The car spun out of control and onto the outside shoulder at the exit ramp, hitting a roadway sign before colliding with a metal guardrail.

The impact caused the car to rotate into a grass embankment between the expressway and the exit ramp, Gaskins said. Scragg was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected. Hall was wearing his seat belt, Gaskins said.

Driver, passenger killed on Selmon expressway 09/05/08 [Last modified: Thursday, September 11, 2008 2:23pm]
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