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Street sweeper driver dies after crash at Brandon Publix parking lot

The driver was ejected and run over by the street sweeper, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
One man died and another was seriously injured after a crash with a street sweeper and Corvette in front of a Publix parking lot Friday, Feb. 19, 2022, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement.
One man died and another was seriously injured after a crash with a street sweeper and Corvette in front of a Publix parking lot Friday, Feb. 19, 2022, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Feb. 19|Updated Feb. 19

BRANDON — A man operating a street sweeper died in a Brandon Publix parking lot Friday night after a collision with an automobile ejected him from his vehicle, which then ran over him, the Florida Highway Patrol said in a statement.

A 57-year-old man from Thonotosassa was cleaning the parking lot of Publix Super Market at Brandon Mall with a 2021 street sweeper, the highway patrol said. The operator left the parking lot to make a U-turn on Brandon Boulevard and get back into the same lot. During the turn, the street sweeper hit a 2016 Chevy Corvette traveling east on Brandon Boulevard.

The street sweeper driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, fell out of the vehicle and the street sweeper kept moving forward, the highway patrol said, running over the driver. He died at the scene from his injuries.

The Corvette driver, a 43-year-old man from Seffner, suffered serious injuries.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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