Tampa teen killed in St. Petersburg when his SUV crashes, flips

Travis Kyle Martin of Tampa died Thursday when he was thrown from his SUV. The vehicle hit a guardrail and flipped over.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Travis Kyle Martin of Tampa died Thursday when he was thrown from his SUV. The vehicle hit a guardrail and flipped over.

ST. PETERSBURG — A 17-year-old Tampa boy was killed Thursday when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle as it approached Interstate 275.

Travis Kyle Martin of 12917 Woodleigh Ave. was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:38 a.m., authorities said.

Martin was driving a white 2000 GMC Jimmy north on Fourth Street near the Howard Frankland Bridge when he lost control, authorities said.

The SUV left the roadway, hit a guardrail and flipped over, according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue, ejecting Martin as it began to roll over. The truck landed upright, but the teen, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown onto the pavement.

"He was a good kid," said Thomas Martin, the teen's father. "He was a safe driver, always went the speed limit."

Martin, his father said, was an avid musician who began playing drums on his 13th birthday — the same day he broke his right arm. The injury didn't stop the teen from pursuing his music dream.

Martin started practicing with his left hand, his father said, and got good enough to take drum lessons. He soon picked up guitar and formed several rock bands throughout middle and high school.

"Pretty soon he took off," Thomas Martin said. "He was a very talented musician."

Martin was a high school junior who was taking online classes through the Hillsborough County School District.

He and a friend, Cameron Castellano, were on their way home from a bandmate's house when they got into the accident, Thomas Martin said.

Castellano was treated at Bayfront Medical Center and released. Thomas Martin said Castellano told him they crashed while swerving to avoid another car.

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