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Wimauma man, 46, dies after crashing into tree

WIMAUMA — A man died after speeding away from his Wimauma home Sunday night and crashing into a tree, according to deputies.

Jose Cruz, 46, hopped into his mother's 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt without her permission about 7 p.m. Sunday and drove toward his home at 5317 Vel St., Hillsborough County deputies said. A short time later, he was headed west on N Street when he tried to make a left on 11th Street but failed to make the turn. The car smashed into a tree, severely injuring Cruz, authorities said.

Emergency crews arrived and took Cruz to South Bay Hospital. He was awaiting an airlift to Tampa General Hospital when he died, officials said.

The incident remained under investigation.

Wimauma man, 46, dies after crashing into tree 12/30/13 [Last modified: Monday, December 30, 2013 5:18pm]
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