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Highway patrol looking for another driver in fatal I-4 pileup

Witnesses told investigators about a Toyota Prius that may have played a role in a fatal pileup Tuesday on Interstate 4 in Lakeland, the highway patrol said. [10News WTSP, via Twitter]
Witnesses told investigators about a Toyota Prius that may have played a role in a fatal pileup Tuesday on Interstate 4 in Lakeland, the highway patrol said. [10News WTSP, via Twitter]
Published Jun. 22, 2016

Authorities are searching for a motorist who may have played a role in a Tuesday morning pileup on Interstate 4 in Lakeland that killed four people.

The motorist was driving east in a Toyota Prius "with or near" a Ford F250 pickup whose driver was speeding when he lost control and caused the fatal pileup, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report released Tuesday night.

The pickup driver, Dustin Wayne Toole, 22, of Haines City, lost control and crossed the highway median into the westbound lanes, the highway patrol said.

Toole and three others — Cassie Ann Gatcha, 12, of Clermont; Leonardo Mathieu-Turallas, 59, of Alpharetta, Ga. and Iran Torres, 45, of Kissimmee — died in the crash, the highway patrol said.

Witnesses haven't been able to agree on the Prius' color, said Sgt. Steve Gaskins, highway patrol spokesman. Gaskins would not say whether investigators believe Toole and the driver of the Prius were racing at the time of the crash.

The accident occurred about 8 a.m. near milepost 30 on I-4.

At least seven vehicles were involved in the crash, not including the Prius, the highway patrol said. Westbound lanes in the area on I-4 were closed until about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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