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Tampa man, 26, killed in fiery crash on I-275 near Gandy Blvd.

He was trying to pass another vehicle but ran into it, veered off the road and struck a pole and a tree, troopers said.
One man was killed and two others were injured after a pickup truck collided with a car on I-275 in Pinellas Park.
One man was killed and two others were injured after a pickup truck collided with a car on I-275 in Pinellas Park. [ Courtesy of Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published May 19, 2021|Updated May 19, 2021

PINELLAS PARK — A 26-year-old Tampa man died Tuesday night after he drove his Sedan into a car he was passing on Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The Sedan was moving at a high speed, headed south on I-275 when it hit the rear of a southbound car driven by a 25-year-old St. Petersburg man. The vehicles left the roadway and entered the shoulder, where the car came to rest while the Sedan struck a light pole and a tree then caught fire, the Highway Patrol said.

The Sedan’s driver died at the scene. A 22-year-old Tampa man riding with him received serious injuries. The driver of the other car received minor injuries.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the collision because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.

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