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Passenger dies in truck crash in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — A passenger died after a car overturned on 71st Street near 50th Avenue N on Wednesday morning.

Florida Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Steve Gaskins said Fielden B. Odell, 31, of Largo was driving a Dodge Ram truck south on 71st Street N and approaching 50th Avenue N about 7:40 a.m.

Odell tried to pass another vehicle, Gaskins said, and hit the shoulder of the road. He overcorrected, traveled back across the street and rotated clockwise. The truck then hit a culvert, flew into the air, turned over and hit a utility pole.

The passenger, Benjamin Jacob Staker, 34, of Kenneth City, died at the scene. Odell was ejected from his vehicle and sustained minor injuries. He was treated at Bayfront Medical Center.

Passenger dies in truck crash in St. Petersburg 11/20/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 4:59pm]
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