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FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he looked down at his car stereo to adjust it and lost control of his car. [Florida Highway Patrol]
Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro along Interstate 275 around 11:10 a.m. when he looked down at his car stereo to adjust it and lost control of his car. [Florida Highway Patrol]
Published Apr. 19, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275 at about 11:10 a.m. when he looked down at his car stereo to adjust it, the FHP said.

He "failed to maintain control of the vehicle" and drove into the center median, trooper said, then the Camaro went airborne and plunged more than 50 feet down the bridge embankment.

It landed in the center of Fifth Avenue N, the FHP said.

A car drove off I275 at 5th Ave N. Driver appears to be okay. Eastbound 5th Ave N closed at 20th Street. pic.twitter.com/VQTULpfoKA

The car came to a rest on the grass shoulder of Fifth Avenue N. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the FHP said. The driver was cited for careless driving.