Friday, April 20, 2018
Public safety

FHP: Overnight crash shut down southbound Suncoast Parkway

TAMPA — A serious crash early Sunday closed the southbound lanes of the Suncoast Parkway for several hours, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Around 1:15 a.m., the driver of a 1999 Infiniti lost control on one of the parkway's curves, near the Veterans Expressway, the patrol said. The car, which troopers said was going at a high rate of speed, went into the center median and struck the guard rail.

The car overturned, and the passenger was ejected.

Passenger Justin Bell, 18, of Lutz, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with serious injuries. Troopers said he was not wearing a seat belt. The driver, 19-year-old Ryan Powers of Tampa, also was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with critical injuries.

The crash is under investigation.

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