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Driver pulled from water after plunge off Howard Frankland Bridge

A sport utility vehicle can be seen bobbing in the water after it careened off the Howard Frankland Bridge on Sunday. The driver was in critical condition after being taken to the hospital.

Bay News 9

A sport utility vehicle can be seen bobbing in the water after it careened off the Howard Frankland Bridge on Sunday. The driver was in critical condition after being taken to the hospital.

ST. PETERSBURG — A driver whose sport utility vehicle veered off the Howard Frankland Bridge and splashed into Tampa Bay was rescued by a boater and hospitalized in critical condition on Sunday afternoon.

The driver, Charles Anthony White, 37, of Tampa was headed north on the Pinellas County side of Interstate 275 when he lost control of his Chevrolet SUV, went down a hill, smashed through a concrete barrier and flipped into the water, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. It was not clear why he left the road, but the patrol said the crash was not alcohol-related.

Boaters saw the SUV hit the water and moved in to help. Boater Robert Tramontana dove in to pull White to safety, Bay News 9 reported. White was rushed to Tampa General Hospital, where a spokeswoman said he was in critical condition late Sunday.

Troopers said he was charged with driving without a valid license.

Driver pulled from water after plunge off Howard Frankland Bridge 04/24/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 25, 2011 12:31am]

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