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Tampa police: Driver runs red light, dies in 3-vehicle crash

TAMPA — A driver ran a red light Saturday, setting off a three-vehicle crash that killed him, Tampa police said.

About 3:15 p.m., a pickup traveling east on Columbus Drive near the off-ramp for eastbound Interstate 4 went through a red light and was struck on the passenger's side by a vehicle coming off the ramp, police said.

The pickup rolled several times, hitting a traffic signal post. The other vehicle also spun, colliding with a third vehicle on the westbound side of Columbus Drive, police said.

The driver of the pickup was trapped inside the vehicle. Ramon J. Ortiz-Velazquez, 41, of Riverview died at the scene from his injuries, police said.

In the second vehicle, driver Iziah D. Wyche, 23, of Temple Terrace sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by a family member, according to police. The driver of the third vehicle, Nina Clark, 26, of Tampa was not hurt.

Tampa police: Driver runs red light, dies in 3-vehicle crash 06/10/12 [Last modified: Sunday, June 17, 2012 12:09am]
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