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Uber crash in St. Petersburg leaves driver and passenger with serious injuries

ST. PETERSBURG — An Uber driver has life-threatening injuries and his passenger serious injuries after he drove his car into another driver's path early Saturday morning, police said.

Robert J. Marthaller, the 38-year-old Uber driver, picked up Gary Bruce Jr., 30, in a driveway on Fourth Street North around 1:15 a.m. Saturday. Bruce sat in the rear passenger's seat.

Marthaller tried to make a U-turn on Fourth Street in his 2012 Chevrolet Cruze to head north, but Marthaller pulled in the path of a Mustang that was already travelling in the median lane. The Mustang hit the driver's side of the Chevy.

The driver and passenger in the Mustang had minor injuries. Bruce and Marthaller were taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg.

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