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79-year-old man dies in crash outside Tampa retirement community

TAMPA — A man was killed in a crash as he was leaving a retirement center Thursday morning, deputies said.

Omar Sullivan, 79, of Tampa was driving his 1989 Ford Crown Victoria out of the Sheldon West Club just after 9:45 a.m.

He tried to cross Sheldon Road when he drove into the path of a southbound Hyundai Sonata, deputies said. The Hyundai, driven by Samantha Rao, 25, of Odessa hit the driver's side door.

Sullivan died at the scene. Rao was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Though deputies are investigating, they say it appears Sullivan violated the right-of-way.

Sullivan moved to Florida from Massachusetts about a decade ago. He does not have any infractions on his Florida license, which he got in 2008, state records show.

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