Clearwater man ejected from vehicle in single-car crash on U.S. 19

Police say the crash took place on southbound U.S. 19 around 4:15 a.m. The driver did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
All lanes on southbound U.S. 19 were closed early Thursday because of a single-vehicle crash near Drew Street in Clearwater. [Clearwater Police Department]
All lanes on southbound U.S. 19 were closed early Thursday because of a single-vehicle crash near Drew Street in Clearwater. [Clearwater Police Department]
Published May 16
Updated May 16

CLEARWATER — All lanes of U.S. 19 have reopened near Drew Street following a single-car crash early Thursday, according to Clearwater police.

Police say the crash took place on southbound U.S. 19 at about 4:15 a.m. Hextor Armando Bonilla, 19, of Clearwater, lost control of his 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe while driving south on U.S. 19, police said. He slammed into a divider at the Seville Boulevard exit and spun across the lanes before striking a concrete median.

He was ejected through the windshield. He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg for treatment of injuries that police said were not considered to be life-threatening.

Two women riding with him, ages 19 and 23, were taken to Morton Plant Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, police said.

Speed was a likely factor in the crash, police say. The lanes were reopened just after 7:30 a.m.

Contact Carl Lisciandrello at clisciandrello@tampabay.com. Follow @carlmarks_Times

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