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Victims identified in deadly crash in Thonotosassa

THONOTOSASSA — More than 24 hours after an accident killed one man and critically injured four other people, troopers have identified the victims of the deadly crash at U.S. 301 and Dead River Rd.

Leonard Ellis, 75, of Chesapeake, Va., died Friday after his 1999 Chrysler van collided with a 2005 Expedition that crossed into his lane, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

His passenger, 76-year-old Mary Ellis of Chesapeake, Va., was in critical condition at Tampa General Hospital Saturday.

Investigators have not determined why the Expedition driver, Roy Slocum, 65, of Zephyrhills, swerved into oncoming traffic, the FHP reported.

Slocum and his two passengers, Christina Slocum, 44, and Robert Bedford, 44, were trapped inside the vehicle until rescuers were able to free them, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. All three were in critical condition at Tampa General Saturday night, troopers said.

The investigation continues.

Victims identified in deadly crash in Thonotosassa 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:17pm]

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