Land O'Lakes man dies in overnight crash near Tampa

Published Jan. 12, 2013

TAMPA — A man died after the sport-utility vehicle he was riding in spun out of control and flipped near the Interstate 75 entrance ramp on Interstate 4 east of Tampa early Saturday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Lauren Kelsey Carter, 22, was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound on I-4 at about 3:20 a.m. when she tried to move from the center lane to the I-75 entrance ramp with only about 1,000 feet left, FHP said.

Carter lost control of the SUV and it traveled onto the right grass shoulder of the entrance ramp. In an attempt regain control of the vehicle, Carter overcorrected her steering, FHP said, causing the SUV to spin and overturn onto its right side.

The Explorer skidded across the entrance ramp and onto the left grass shoulder, FHP said, continuing to spin and flip. Two passengers, Donivan Nelson and Stephen Andrew Wolfe, were ejected from the vehicle.

Carter and her three passengers were taken to Tampa General Hospital. Wolfe, 27, of Land O'Lakes, died from his injuries, FHP said.

Carter, of Land O'Lakes, and Nelson, 24, of Tampa, suffered serious injuries. Passenger Taylor Moore, 19, of Land O'Lakes, had minor injuries.

Moore and Carter were the only ones wearing seat belts, FHP said. The accident is under investigation, FHP said, and alcohol may have been a factor.