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Man dies after crash on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue

ST. PETERSBURG — A man died late Monday after his SUV rear-ended a Jeep near Central Avenue and 65th Street.

Police said the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder was traveling east on Central Avenue toward 65th Street S at high speed when he struck the back of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Ronald Naccarato, 48, of St. Petersburg.

Naccarato was pushed off the north curb and struck a tree before his Jeep flipped onto its roof. The Pathfinder continued east on Central Avenue for several blocks and eventually struck a tree on the north side of the street.

The Pathfinder's driver, who police have not yet named, was transported to St. Petersburg General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Naccarato was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

Police say they are unsure whether the Pathfinder's driver died from injuries sustained in the crash, or from a medical episode.

It's not yet clear whether alcohol was a factor in the crash, police said.

Man dies after crash on St. Petersburg's Central Avenue 06/10/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9:48pm]
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