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Wesley Chapel man dies in pickup truck crash

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Truck hits tree, killing Wesley Chapel man

A crash left a man dead Wednesday, authorities said, after he lost control of his pickup truck and slammed into a tree.

Justin Mark Bittle, 29, of Wesley Chapel was driving west on State Road 52 about 5:20 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol, when he crossed into the eastbound lane to pass a car.

Bittle lost control of the Toyota Tundra as it re-entered the westbound lane near 19815 State Road 52, the patrol said. The truck spun across the road, struck a tree on the south shoulder, and Bittle was ejected. He died at the scene.

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