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Separate highway accidents kill four around Tampa Bay

Within 90 minutes, four separate crashes killed three pedestrians and one driver Friday night in the Tampa Bay region.

The first happened about 9 p.m. in Seminole, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Carlington Taylor, 35, of Largo was heading north on Seminole Boulevard, approaching 98th Terrace, when a man walked in front of her Pontiac sedan.

The pedestrian, John Calvin Ray Jr., 58, of Seminole, died at the scene, troopers said.

Taylor suffered minor injuries.

Fifteen minutes later in Tampa, Charlotte Johnson, 47, was headed south on U.S. 301 in a Ford Mustang when she saw a man lying in the outside lane at Elm Fair Boulevard. She hit the brakes but couldn't avoid hitting him, troopers said.

Timothy A. Chambers, 48, of Temple Terrace died at the scene.

Then, about 10:30 p.m., in Hernando County, a pickup driven by John D. Wyckoff, 56, of Dunedin hit a man trying to race from the median across the southbound lanes of U.S. 19, south of Brandy Drive in Spring Hill.

The pedestrian, who died at the scene, had not been publicly identified by authorities Saturday evening.

Neither Wyckoff nor his passenger, Christopher Wyckoff, 19, was injured.

At about the same time in Pasco County, a woman died after her car drove off Richland Road in Zephyrhills and flipped.

Investigators weren't sure what caused Jacquenette M. Abercrombie, 48, to veer onto the shoulder, but her car rolled when she tried to pull back on to the road.

Abercrombie of Zephyrhills was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from her 1995 Buick sedan. She died at the scene.

All four crashes remained under investigation Saturday.

Separate highway accidents kill four around Tampa Bay 05/29/10 [Last modified: Saturday, May 29, 2010 8:10pm]
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