PINELLAS PARK — One man was killed and four were injured Monday morning in a crash that closed the main entrance to the Mainlands of Tamarac housing development on U.S. 19 for six hours.
The collision occurred about 2:20 a.m., when a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice traveling south on U.S. 19 crossed the median and veered in front of a northbound St. Petersburg Times truck carrying newspapers to Pasco County, said Capt. Sandy Forseth of the Pinellas Park Police Department.
The truck smashed into the passenger side of the Caprice and ended up on its side. Driver Mark Zampella suffered minor injuries.
The Caprice was upside-down when authorities arrived.
Largo resident Patrick Murphy, 22, who was sitting in the car's right rear seat, was killed on impact, police said. The right front passenger, 24-year-old Pinellas Park resident Ross Turnquist, was ejected from the car.
The driver was Desmond King, a 22-year-old Daytona Beach resident. He, Turnquist and left rear passenger David Rollins, 22, of Pinellas Park, all were admitted to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.
According to preliminary information, the four men were returning to Pinellas County from a night in Ybor City, Forseth said. The crash was being investigated as DUI related, and charges could include DUI manslaughter, Forseth said.
King, a former resident of St. Petersburg, pleaded no contest last year to possessing a small amount of marijuana and paid a $300 fine.
The Police Department asked any witnesses to contact Sgt. Tracey Schofield at (727) 541-0887.