GIBSONTON — Authorities have identified the man who died Monday in a one-vehicle crash in southern Hillsborough County as 45-year-old Michael Anthony Dickens of Gibsonton.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Dickens was driving south fast on U.S. 41 about 9:30 p.m. Monday. Just south of Ohio Street, near Gibsonton, he lost control of the 2004 Toyota and went off the road into a mangrove stand.
As the car overturned, Dickens was thrown from the car and into the water. The car came to rest, overturned and submerged, the FHP says, but authorities weren't immediately able to find the driver.
Sheriff's deputies in a helicopter found Dickens' body about 1 p.m. Wednesday. His body was taken to the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office.
His name was not released until his family was notified. The FHP's traffic homicide unit continues to investigate.