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Car spins off I-175 and hits church wall, killing Sun City Center driver

The man was heading east into downtown St. Petersburg when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control, troopers said.
A driver lost control and hit a brick wall early Tuesday in downtown St. Petersburg.
A driver lost control and hit a brick wall early Tuesday in downtown St. Petersburg. [ Photo illustration by ASHLEY DYE and archive | Times ]
Published Feb. 22, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG — A 36-year-old Sun City Center man died early Tuesday after he missed a curve on Interstate 175, became airborne and crashed into the wall of a church, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

The crash happened at 12:03 a.m. at the eastern end of the highway near Fifth Avenue South.

The man was heading east on I-175 into downtown St. Petersburg when he failed to negotiate a curve and lost control. The car spun through the Fifth Avenue South exit, hit a curb, became airborne and hit the brick wall of a building at 515 Fourth St S, the address of St. Mary Our Lady of Grace Church.

The car then overturned. The driver died at the scene.

The Highway Patrol did not identify him.