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Head-on crash on Busch Boulevard leaves two Tampa men in hospital

TAMPA — A 21-year-old man is in the hospital with critical injuries after he crashed into oncoming traffic, officials said.

Derek Anthony Landes, 21, of Tampa, was driving a 1998 Honda Prelude east on Busch Boulevard Tuesday.

He was speeding and weaving in and out of traffic just west of Twin Lakes Boulevard, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said.

Landes was going so fast, troopers said, he had to swerve to avoid crashing into traffic stopped ahead of him in the left lane. But as he jerked his car to the left he lost control, troopers said.

Landes' Honda ended up on the westbound side of the road, heading into oncoming traffic, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Honda crashed head-on into a 2005 Dodge Caravan being driven by Anthony Joseph Piazza, 63, of Tampa.

Piazza sustained serious injuries and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital following the collision.

Landes, who was also taken to St. Joseph's, remained in the hospital Wednesday afternoon in critical condition.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and neither had been drinking, officials said.

The investigation is ongoing.

Head-on crash on Busch Boulevard leaves two Tampa men in hospital 09/14/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:28pm]
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