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Highway Patrol identifies Plant City teen killed in I-4 crash in Dover

DOVER — A Plant City teenager died after he was thrown from a vehicle in a crash Sunday night on Interstate 4.

Adam C. Riber, 17, was pronounced dead at the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said. He was a passenger in a 1990 Nissan 300ZX driven by Thomas C. Monroe, 19, of Plant City. Monroe was taken to Tampa General Hospital in serious condition.

The crash happened as the Nissan was westbound on I-4 in the outside lane and approaching the exit ramp to McIntosh Road, troopers said.

A 2005 Ford Focus also was westbound and in the center lane, ahead of Monroe's vehicle. The driver was Thomas D. Faircloth, 63, of Bradenton.

As the Nissan sports car neared the exit ramp, it began to overtake the Ford Focus, swerving left and then rotating counterclockwise.

The front end of the Nissan hit the right side of the Focus, troopers said. Then it traveled southwest onto the grassy median and slammed into a guardrail. The vehicle landed on the north side of the grass median.

Neither teen was wearing a seat belt, according to the Highway Patrol.

Faircloth was taken to Bradenton Regional Hospital in serious condition. He was wearing a seat belt.

Troopers have not determined whether alcohol was a factor.

Highway Patrol identifies Plant City teen killed in I-4 crash in Dover 04/12/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 12, 2010 9:11pm]
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