Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Public safety

Driver dies as car strikes tree and pole near Tampa

TAMPA — One person was killed and another injured when their car struck a tree and pole early Sunday, authorities said.

A 2003 Honda Accord driven by Saul A. Vallejo, 30, of Tampa was traveling south on Town 'N Country Boulevard near Marston Drive at 4 a.m. Vallejo failed to negotiate a right-hand curve, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

His car left the road and struck a tree on the driver's side, then spun an additional 25 feet and hit a utility pole on the car's passenger side, deputies said.

Vallejo, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene. Passenger Katiria Serrano, 28, of Clearwater, who was wearing a seat belt, was taken to the hospital and described as being stable, deputies said.

An investigation is ongoing.

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