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One dies in fiery Hillsborough crash

TAMPA — A driver authorities say ran a red light died early Sunday in a fiery crash.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Michael Gregory Backus, 20, of Odessa was driving a sport utility vehicle about 5:30 a.m. north on Dale Mabry Highway. He ran a red light, the patrol said, and collided with another SUV attempting to turn on a green light from southbound Dale Mabry onto Bearss Avenue.

Backus' SUV overturned and caught fire. He died at the scene.

The occupants of the other SUV — Edward Scanlon, 49, of Tampa and Michael Scanlon, 43, of North Carolina — suffered serious injuries, the patrol said. They were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

The crash remained under investigation Sunday.

One dies in fiery Hillsborough crash 02/24/13 [Last modified: Sunday, February 24, 2013 10:34pm]
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