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Dade City man killed in car crash

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A 24-year-old man died early Friday in a single-car crash on Johnston Road, west of Dade City.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said they weren't sure what caused Nicholas Vella's 1997 Chevrolet to head onto the south shoulder of the road about 3 a.m. and sideswipe a small tree and power pole.

The car then hit another tree with its right side, rotated clockwise and slid sideways down the shoulder, slamming into a road sign and three trees with its left side.

The car later caught fire, but Vella had already been removed. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Troopers said Vella of 15848 Lake Iola Road in Dade City had not been wearing his seat belt.

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