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One critically injured when pickup flips on I-75

SUN CITY — Two people were injured, one critically, in a crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 75.

Luz Stella Gomez, 45, of Maryland, was driving a Toyota SUV north on I-75, north of Sun City Center Boulevard, in the inside lane about 4:45 p.m. when her right rear tire blew, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Gomez lost control of the Toyota, which swerved into the center lane, where Haysam Elkott, 39, of Lithia, was driving a Ford pickup truck.

Both cars spun through the road, and Elkott's truck overturned several times once it hit the median, flipping over the center guardrail and onto the southbound side of the interstate, troopers said.

Elkott was sent to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries. Gomez went to South Bay Hospital with minor injuries. Gomez's four passengers, all also from Silver Spring, Md., were not injured. They are Kimberly Gomez, 22, Jennifer Gomez, 19, Paula Garcia, 13, and Blanca Garcia, 72.

No charges have been filed.

One critically injured when pickup flips on I-75 07/07/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 11:43am]

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