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Man arrested after wrong-way crash near Howard Frankland Bridge

Published Jan. 17, 2013

State troopers arrested a Tampa resident who drove onto the Howard Frankland Bridge in the wrong direction Wednesday morning, causing a crash that sent one woman to the hospital.

Gabriel Magno-Sanchez, 25, turned his Kia Optima off Gandy Boulevard around 6:10 a.m. Wednesday and went the wrong way up an Interstate 275 off ramp, winding up driving north in a southbound lane, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.The report stated Magno-Sanchez swerved to avoid hitting a Volkswagen Jetta driven by Kimberly S. Patterson, 35, of Tampa, sideswiping her and continuing toward the Howard Frankland Bridge.

According to the report Magno-Sanchez was stopped by state troopers and a University of South Florida Police officer on his way home, and he was arrested on the bridge.

Patterson was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

Magno-Sanchez was taken to the Pinellas County Jail, where he remained early Wednesday afternoon, and charged with driving the wrong way and leaving the scene of an accident.

Contact Meredith Rutland at or (727) 893-8804.


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