Passengers in crash ejected, one dies
A woman was killed early Saturday after the car she was riding in lost control, overturned and smashed into several trees, authorities said.
Marcella Marie Martin, 25, of Hudson, was pronounced dead at about 3 a.m. at Bayonet Point Regional Medical Center. Another passenger, Philip Manuli, 27, of Holiday, suffered serious injuries.
The driver, Joel Ray Derksen, 26, of Hudson, was going east on Hudson Avenue approaching Pavilion Drive when he failed to negotiate a slight left curve and lost control of his 2003 Subaru sedan, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The car went over a curb and a grassy shoulder then began rolling, eventually striking several trees and shrubs, troopers said.
Both Martin and Manuli were thrown from the car, which landed on its roof. They were not wearing seat belts.
Derksen, who was wearing a seat belt, had minor injuries, officials said.
No other details about the crash were released and the investigation is continuing.