Monday, April 23, 2018
Public safety

Passenger dies after cars collide near Interstate 4, MLK in Tampa

TAMPA — A 32-year-old man from The Villages was killed in a car crash early Monday on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Tampa.

Brian Robert Costello was a passenger in a 2013 four-door Kia driven by 40-year-old Chad Arthur Prilliman of Wildwood, according to Florida Highway Patrol reports.

The pair was headed north about 2:40 a.m. on the Interstate 4 exit ramp to MLK Boulevard, troopers said. At the same time, a 2006 Nissan sport utility vehicle was headed west on MLK.

Prilliman rolled through a red traffic light at the intersection, troopers said. When the car entered the westbound side of MLK Boulevard, it crossed into the path of the SUV.

The SUV driver, Ashley Lyann Barrett, 30, of Tampa tried to veer out of the way but ended up colliding with the right side of the Kia, troopers said. Prilliman was taken to Tampa General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, authorities said. Costello was seriously injured and died at the scene of the crash. Barrett was not injured, authorities said.

The crash remained under investigation early Monday.

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