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Tampa man, 27, killed in head-on with semi while trying to pass, troopers say

The collision Saturday night south of Webster left the woman driving the semi with minor injuries.

WEBSTER — A 27-year-old Tampa man was killed when he slammed head-on into a semi-tractor trailer while trying to pass traffic Saturday night on a two-lane road south of Webster, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The man was driving north about 11 p.m. on State Road 471 south of State Road 50 in Sumter County when he pulled into the southbound lane to pass, the Highway Patrol said.

He was unable to maneuver out of the way of the oncoming semi and the vehicles collided head-on, sending the SUV onto the east shoulder of the highway, where it overturned onto its left side, the Highway Patrol said.

The driver of the semi, a 64-year-old Jackson, Ga., woman, received minor injuries.

The Highway Patrol did not release the name of the drivers because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to the Florida Constitution passed by voters in 2018 that is meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been made available under the state’s public records law.

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