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Tampa man dies after being thrown from SUV in crash

TAMPA — A 22-year-old Tampa man died early Sunday after being thrown from a sport utility vehicle that spun out of control after hitting another car, police said.

Carlos Joel Pacheco, 22, of 9535 N Dartmouth Ave., was in a Ford Expedition that was going north on Albany Avenue when the crash occurred, police said.

Shortly after 3 a.m., the Ford ran a stop sign and hit a Pontiac G6 that was going east on W Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, police said. Both vehicles spun, and the Ford hit a metal sign pole, ejecting Pacheco. He ended up under the SUV and died at the scene.

Police said they had not yet determined whether Pacheco was driving or riding in the Ford. Three other people in the Ford were taken to local hospitals for treatment of injuries that ranged from minor to serious. All are expected to live.

The Pontiac struck a curb in front of a strip shopping center and just missed a building. Two people from that car also were taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have not released the names of any of the five people who were injured in the wreck.

W Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard was closed from the Hillsborough River to N Armenia Avenue for about three hours after the crash for the investigation, which is continuing.

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