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Groveland man rear-ends semitrailer, dies in Pinellas I-275 crash

The man’s SUV hit a tractor-trailer that had slowed down to make a U-turn, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
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Published Sep. 28

A 42-year-old Groveland man died Tuesday morning after rear-ending a tractor-trailer on a northbound ramp of Interstate 275, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release.

The Groveland man was driving an SUV in a construction zone behind a tractor-trailer being driven by a 46-year-old man from Daytona Beach when the collision happened around 7:45 a.m., troopers said.

Both vehicles were traveling in the left lane along the northbound entrance ramp to I-275 from 118th Avenue North when the semitrailer slowed down and entered the median in order to make a U-turn into the southbound exit ramp, the release said.

The SUV driver didn’t slow down and crashed into the empty flatbed of the tractor-trailer, according to the Highway Patrol.

He died at the scene, troopers said. The semitrailer driver and his passenger, a 22-year-old man from Fruitland Park, were not injured, according to the release.

The Highway Patrol did not release the names of those involved in the crash because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to the state Constitution.