TAMPA — A Tampa man died Saturday morning after his car hit a tree, flipped over and went into a retention pond near an exit ramp from Interstate 4 to Interstate 75, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Christian Simancas, 29, was driving on the ramp from westbound I-4 to northbound I-75 just before 3 a.m. when he lost control of the car, the Highway Patrol said. The BMW struck a tree and rolled onto its roof before ending up in a retention pond about 35 feet from the road.
Simancas died at the scene, the Highway Patrol said. He was not wearing a seat belt. His passenger, Heidi Lou Reece, 28, of Tampa, was taken to University Community Hospital with minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.