Passer-by pulls Lutz man from flaming car after Pasco crash

A 35-year-old man was pulled from his overturned car Tuesday night by a passer-by after he crashed into an electric fuse box, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Michael J. Simmerman of Lutz was charged with improper change of course and driving with an invalid license, officials said.

Simmerman was speeding west on Leonard Road, north of Cots Road in Pasco County, about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday when he ran off the road while trying to negotiate a curve, troopers said.

The front passenger side of Simmerman's 2004 Toyota Corolla struck an electrical fuse box, troopers said, but Simmerman kept driving. He then struck a tree in a similar manner and spun out before the Corolla flipped and caught fire, troopers said.

A passer-by pulled Simmerman from the wreckage, officials said.

He was flown to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

Officials investigating the crash do not think alcohol was involved. Simmerman was wearing his seat belt.

Passer-by pulls Lutz man from flaming car after Pasco crash 07/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:01pm]

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