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Three wrecks cause three deaths Friday across Tampa Bay area

Three accidents across Tampa Bay caused three deaths Friday night.

A Lutz woman died after losing control of her vehicle on Interstate 75 near the Hillsborough-Manatee county line just before 7 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Mary Griffin Skau, 71, was driving in the inside lane of southbound I-75 when her 2003 Ford Explorer veered onto the shoulder. Skau overcorrected the SUV and it spun and veered to the outside shoulder of the road. The SUV then hit several trees and flipped onto its right side, FHP said.

Skau was transported to Blake Medical Center in Bradenton with critical injuries and died later in the night, the patrol said.

She was not wearing a seat belt, FHP said. The crash is under investigation.

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A Tampa man died after rear-ending another vehicle in Brandon while going about 50 mph about 8 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Daniel E. Selzer, 32, was driving a 2010 Honda Accord south on Lakewood Drive when he failed to brake for a slower moving 1999 Ford Expedition, deputies said.

Selzer struck the back of the SUV just north of the intersection with W Windhorst Road.

The Expedition driver, Jennifer Renee Louisy, 31, of Tampa, and her three passengers, which included a man and two children, were not injured.

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A 27-year-old St. Petersburg woman died after being hit by a car as she crossed U.S. 19 in Lealman, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

A 1992 Ford Mustang heading south struck the woman as she tried to make her way west across the road just south of 50th Avenue N, troopers said.

The woman was hit after failing to yield the right of way, investigators said.

She died at Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg.

Her identity wasn't immediately released, pending notification of relatives.

The driver, Nathan A. Eanes, 26, of Pinellas Park, wasn't injured.

Three wrecks cause three deaths Friday across Tampa Bay area 09/07/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 7, 2013 9:41pm]
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