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Wrong-way driver killed in crash on U.S. 301 in Riverview

Anthony L. Shaw, 45, was driving an Acura sedan south in the northbound lanes before the crash, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Published Oct. 18, 2019|Updated Oct. 18, 2019

RIVERVIEW — A 45-year-old St. Petersburg man was killed Thursday when he drove the wrong way on U.S. 301 and crashed head-on with a pickup truck, authorities said.

Anthony Leonard Shaw was driving a 2001 Acura sedan south in the northbound lanes at about 10 p.m. when he collided with a 2017 Chevrolet pickup, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Shaw died from his injuries at the scene. The pickup driver, 62-year-old Deborah T. Fordom of Riverview, was taken to Tampa General Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

Troopers were still investigating Friday to determine if alcohol, a medical emergency or a combination of both contributed to Shaw driving the wrong way.

Rescue crews work Thursday night at the scene of a fatal wrong-way crash involving on U.S. 301 near Bloomingdale Ridge Drive. The driver of the Acura sedan, Anthony L. Shaw of St. Petersburg, was driving south in the northbound lanes when the crash happened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
Rescue crews work Thursday night at the scene of a fatal wrong-way crash involving on U.S. 301 near Bloomingdale Ridge Drive. The driver of the Acura sedan, Anthony L. Shaw of St. Petersburg, was driving south in the northbound lanes when the crash happened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]