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Tampa woman dies in one-car crash

TAMPA — A 76-year-old Tampa woman died Saturday evening when the car she was riding in lost control and crashed on Interstate 75, troopers said.

The one-car crash happened about 6:40 p.m. on northbound I-75 near the Fowler Avenue overpass. The Florida Highway Patrol said a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am driven by Kalen Darrell Guest, 20, of Tampa veered for an unknown reason off the roadway to the center median. It struck a guardrail and was forced back across the interstate, where it struck a concrete wall.

Gloria Jean Portis, who troopers said was not wearing a seat belt while riding in the back seat, died at the scene.

Guest and another passenger, Jordan Malik Guest, 18 of Miami, were wearing seat belts and were taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries, the patrol said.

The crash remained under investigation.

Tampa woman dies in one-car crash 12/29/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 29, 2013 7:51pm]

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