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2 die when car crashes after hitting guardrail

Before dawn Monday morning, a one-car crash killed two people in downtown Tampa.

Both 21-year-old Corbett Adrian Wells of 5818 Langston Drive in Tampa and his unidentified female passenger were thrown from his 1987 Toyota after it struck a guardrail on the Ashley Street exit ramp. It was unclear whether Wells and his passenger were wearing seat belts.

The accident took place at 3:30 a.m. as Wells was pulling off the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 onto Ashley Street. The car overturned, rolled over the guardrail and fell onto an adjoining lane of the exit ramp below.

Wells and the woman were the last two fatalities in a weekend that saw 12 people die in wrecks in Hillsborough County, two more die in Pinellas and one fatal accident in Polk. By comparison, a typical weekend might have a couple of fatal crashes in the Tampa Bay area, said Lt. Michael Guzman of the Florida Highway Patrol.

With fatal crashes on U.S. 301, the Howard Frankland Bridge, I-4, I-75 and I-275, Guzman said there was "no special area that was a problem." If anything, he said, highway traffic will probably get heavier as summer approaches and more people travel.

"It's dangerous everywhere," he said. "It's not the roadways. I've been telling people that for a long time. It's the people in the cars that are making irresponsible decisions. . . . These are all preventable crashes."

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