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Woman dies in I-75 collision with abandoned vehicle

GIBSONTON — A Sun City Center woman died Friday night when her van collided with an abandoned vehicle on Interstate 75, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Terra Jean Richardson, 34, was driving a 2006 Ford van northbound on I-75 near the Gibsonton Drive overpass, the FHP said. Richardson's van swerved and sideswiped a 1993 Nissan that had been left on the right side of the road below the overpass.

Richardson's van then veered left across the northbound lanes and struck a guardrail, the report said. Richardson was ejected from the car onto the median, while her van ricocheted back across the roadway before stopping on the shoulder.

Richardson was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:30 p.m., the FHP said. She was not wearing a seat belt, and the FHP is still investigating whether alcohol was involved in the crash.

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Woman dies in I-75 collision with abandoned vehicle 12/18/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 18, 2010 12:06pm]

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