Friday, December 15, 2017
Public safety

Tampa's Florida Avenue closed after serious crash kills woman, 27

A 27-year-old woman died Monday in a crash that shut down part of Florida Avenue during morning rush hour.

Alexandra C. Johnson, 27, of Tampa died at St. Joseph's Hospital after she was broadsided by an oncoming car as she attempted to turn from E Lambright Street onto N Florida Avenue, officials said.

Police closed off Florida Avenue between Hanna and Sligh avenues while they investigated.

According to police, Johnson was traveling west on Lambright in a blue Infiniti. She attempted to turn onto southbound Florida Avenue when Lisa A. Valdez, 38, of Tampa collided with her car, police said. Valdez was driving a blue Chevrolet Blazer north on Florida Avenue when she saw Johnson's car pull out in front of her. Police said Valdez was unable to avoid T-boning Johnson's vehicle.

Valdez suffered minor injuries.

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