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Jeep driver crashes into 4 vehicles on Crosstown Expressway

TAMPA — A man in a 1998 Jeep crashed four times Friday with other motorists as he drove west on the Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway before coming to rest against the wall of the toll road.

Kevin Christopher Johnson, 36, of 11404 Raulerson Road in Riverview sideswiped a 2006 Mazda and a broken-down 1995 Ford Ranger, then struck an unmarked Sheriff's Office Chevrolet Impala and crashed into a 2002 Chrysler van, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said.

He stopped driving, according to Carter, only after traveling across the westbound lanes and halting against the southern wall of the expressway.

The collisions happened at 12:30 p.m. about a half-mile east of the 22nd Street exit. Carter said charges are pending and the cause is under investigation.

Detective Geoffrey Harris was taken to Tampa General Hospital for standard medical screening. Johnson was taken to the same hospital by ambulance, though his injuries were not considered life-threatening, Carter said.

Other drivers affected were Elaine Ervin, 44, of Riverview, in the Mazda; David Snider, 30, of Tampa, in the broken-down Ranger; and Salvadore Mazza, 71, of Tampa, in the van.

No one else was injured.

Hillsborough arrest records indicate Johnson has been charged before with grand theft motor vehicle, opposing an officer, operating an unregistered vehicle and cocaine possession.

Jeep driver crashes into 4 vehicles on Crosstown Expressway 10/24/08 [Last modified: Saturday, October 25, 2008 12:14am]
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