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Land O'Lakes man, 87, dies in car crash on SR 54

LAND O'LAKES — An 87-year-old man died after the car he was driving collided with another Wednesday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened on State Road 54 at Foggy Ridge Parkway about 7:55 p.m.

Thomas Joseph Campbell of Land O'Lakes was pronounced dead at the scene, the FHP said. He was wearing his seat belt.

Troopers said Campbell was eastbound in an Acura on SR 54 when he made a left turn onto Foggy Ridge Parkway and traveled into the path of 20-year-old Chelsea Nichole Wilkinson's westbound Toyota Camry.

Wilkinson of Land O'Lakes suffered minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital, according to the FHP.

Wilkinson's mother told the St. Petersburg Times on Thursday that her daughter had a sprained ankle and lots of bruises but was otherwise okay.

There is no traffic light at the intersection.

"He crossed in front of her. She didn't have a chance to stop," Nubia Wilkinson said.

Campbell's relatives declined to comment Thursday.

There are more than 17,000 drivers in Pasco between ages 81 and 90, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That agency's records show Campbell had a clean driving record in Florida.

Wilkinson, records show, was involved in a crash in Pasco in 2008 and was cited for an improper lane change. She received a speeding ticket in 2007, driving 78 mph in a 60 mph zone, and again last year for driving 85 mph in a 70 mph zone, the records state.

Troopers are still investigating the accident.

Times researcher Natalie Watson contributed to this report.

Land O'Lakes man, 87, dies in car crash on SR 54 02/10/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 8:20pm]
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