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Driver seriously injured as car crashes into St. Pete home, then catches fire

St. Petersburg police investigate Tuesday after a sedan smashed through the fence at 1923 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, hit a corner of a vacant duplex and caught fire.
St. Petersburg police investigate Tuesday after a sedan smashed through the fence at 1923 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, hit a corner of a vacant duplex and caught fire.
Published May 13, 2015

ST. PETERSBURG — A 35-year-old man was seriously injured early Tuesday morning when the sedan he was driving smashed into a home on Martin Luther King Jr. Street South then caught fire, St. Petersburg police said.

Just after 5 a.m., the sedan left the road, busted through a fence at 1923 Martin Luther King Jr. St. S and hit the corner of a cream-colored duplex, which was vacant. Investigators said the car was northbound, and they were unsure what caused the man, Tony Derwin Calloway Jr., of St. Petersburg, to drive off the road.

Police said the car caught fire after the collision. When officers arrived on scene, Calloway was on the ground and was later taken to the hospital. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The car was still stuck against a mango tree early Tuesday as police investigated. One block of Martin Luther King Jr. Street was closed for several hours. The corner of the home showed minor damage.

No charges had been filed early Tuesday afternoon. No further information was immediately available.