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One dead in St. Petersburg crash

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man was killed early Thursday after running a car into a pole near 38th Avenue N and 53rd Street, police said.

The crash happened at 1:43 a.m., prompting officials to close down 38th Avenue as they investigated, a dispatcher said. They reopened the lanes by 5 a.m.

The driver, identified as Thomas Franklin Quaile III, 48, of 4091 58th Way N, lost control of the car while heading west on 38th Avenue, said George Kajtsa, St. Petersburg police spokesman.

Quaile's 2004 Dodge pickup was seen swerving in and out of his lane at a high rate of speed, investigators said. As the vehicle approached 53rd, it was headed into the eastbound lanes. Quaile over-corrected. His truck spun and slammed into a concrete light pole, officials said.

The impact ripped the pole out of the ground and broke it into pieces, they said.

Quaile, whose head also hit the pole, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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One dead in St. Petersburg crash 02/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2010 9:39am]
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