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St. Petersburg man, 77, dies after being ejected from van on I-275

He lost control on the interstate south of Gandy Boulevard N, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
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Published Apr. 28
Updated Apr. 28

ST. PETERSBURG — A 77-year-old man was thrown from his van and killed after losing control on southbound Interstate 275 on Wednesday, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash took place about 3:15 p.m. south of Gandy Boulevard N.

The St. Petersburg man was driving in the outside southbound lane when troopers say for “unknown reasons” he lost control of a van.

He drove off the interstate and onto the west shoulder, troopers say, then struck two concrete light poles and a traffic sign before he overturned. The driver, who was not wearing his seat belt, was thrown onto the roadway and died at the crash scene.

The Highway Patrol did not release the man’s name due to its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, an amendment to Florida’s Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but deprives the public of information that had long been available under the state’s public records laws.