TAMPA — One person was killed and two others critically injured early Thursday morning when a car speeding up S Dale Mabry Highway flipped, rolled and crashed into a concrete light pole.
Police had not determined Thursday who was driving, but did say that the car was going over 100 mph before the driver lost control, the Tampa Police Department reported.
Dennis Hiram Perez-Figueroa, 27, of 1248 Autumn Drive in Tampa, was pronounced dead at the scene. Maria del Carmen Martinez, 42, was in critical condition Thursday night at Tampa General Hospital. A third passenger, who was not named pending notification of his family, was also in critical condition.
The car, a 2005 Nissan Altima, was registered to Perez-Figueroa's father, Gerald Perez, Tampa police said.
The crash happened near Watrous Avenue at 2:15 a.m., between Hancock Fabrics and Wright's Gourmet House. Police stopped traffic for several hours in both directions between Henderson Boulevard and Neptune Street as they investigated.
Police say the Altima was heading north on Dale Mabry at high speed when it swerved to the outside lane to avoid another car in the inside lane.
The Altima's right rear tire sheared off, possibly because the vehicle struck a curb. It continued north until about Watrous Avenue, where it went onto the sidewalk, flipped and rolled, ejecting two passengers as it took out a wooden TECO power pole, a bus bench, a tree and shrubbery, police said.
The car was found upside down against a concrete light pole in a parking lot.
At the scene a couple of hours later, TECO crews worked to install a new pole while several police officers watched.