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Man faces DUI charges in I-275 pile-up that killed one

Bryant Aubrey Haney was driving under the influence with an invalid driver’s license when he hit the back of a car, causing a five-vehicle pile-up, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal five-vehicle crash that took place Thursday night on southbound Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard N in St. Petersburg.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal five-vehicle crash that took place Thursday night on southbound Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard N in St. Petersburg. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Published Dec. 18, 2020
Updated Dec. 18, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg man who state troopers say was driving under the influence with a revoked driver’s license caused a five-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 275 that killed a 37-year-old man Wednesday.

Bryant Aubrey Haney faces charges of DUI manslaughter and driving with a suspended and revoked license causing death, the Florida Highway Patrol said Friday.

The agency didn’t release the name of the Manatee County man who died, or names of the other drivers involved in the pile-up, because of its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a 2018 amendment to the Florida Constitution intended to protect crime victims.

The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m. near mile marker 28 — the exit onto Gandy Boulevard — and closed all southbound lanes of I-275 for more than four hours while state troopers investigated.

A Parrish man and a 56-year-old Palmetto man in two separate sedans were stopped in traffic in the center southbound lane, troopers said. Two other sedans, driven by a 32-year-old St. Petersburg man and a 23-year-old Tampa man, were also stopped in traffic in the outside southbound lane.

Haney was driving south on the interstate and didn’t stop as he approached the stretch of highway bogged down with traffic. His SUV struck the back of the Parrish man’s car, which collided with the Palmetto man’s car. That car then collided with the two sedans in the outside lanes.

The Parrish man was taken to a hospital and died from his injuries, troopers said. Bryant and the Palmetto man sustained minor injuries. The other drivers, and a 20-year-old passenger in the Tampa man’s car, weren’t hurt.

Bryant was booked into the Pinellas County jail early Friday on a $15,000 bail.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal five-vehicle crash that took place Thursday night on southbound Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard N in St. Petersburg.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal five-vehicle crash that took place Thursday night on southbound Interstate 275 near Gandy Boulevard N in St. Petersburg. [ Florida Highway Patrol ]
Traffic backs up on southbound Interstate 275, as seen from a traffic camera south of Roosevelt Boulevard.
Traffic backs up on southbound Interstate 275, as seen from a traffic camera south of Roosevelt Boulevard. [ Florida Department of Transportation. ]