A 49-year-old doctor died early Saturday in a single-car crash on State Road 580.
Kristin Carlin, of New Port Richey, was driving in the eastbound lanes of SR 580 shortly before 6 a.m. when she failed to round a curve and veered off the road near Charles Avenue, a Clearwater Police Department statement said. The car flipped multiple times and the early investigation shows that speeding was a factor, police said.
Carlin was an osteopathic physician affiliated with Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor and Mease Dunedin Hospital.
She loved making up nicknames for her co-workers, said George Boyd, who she called "Scooter" and had worked with her for years.
"She was a relentless patient advocate," Boyd said. "Was tough as nails when it came to her patients and doing the right thing."
About a month ago, she started working night shifts, during which she could spend less time on her feet, he said. He said the crash came after she finished her shift.
Carlin lived with a Yorkshire Terrier named Abe, Boyd said.
TyLisa C. Johnson contributed to this report.
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