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Dangerous Week-end on Florida Highways

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While US drivers may be cutting back on their driving due to high gas prices, it hasn’t made it any safer to travel Florida’s highways. This past week was dangerous for many and deadly for a few drivers from Jacksonville to Bradenton.

There were two fatalities in the Tampa area in two separate accidents. A 21 year-old man was killed when his pick-up truck was struck by a red light runner at Dale Mabry and Waters. The pick-up turned over and the young man was ejected and killed. In an unrelated accident a 35 year-old man was also ejected from his vehicle when his SUV struck the guardrail on a ramp to I-4. His passenger who was not thrown from the vehicle was treated for only minor injuries.

In Bradenton two young men were killed in a speeding 2003 Mustang on US 41. According to FHP, the driver lost control on a curve, the Mustang “cartwheeled” across the top of four cars parked in a parking lot, landed on its roof and skidded across the lot. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

A Georgia woman who was a passenger on a motorcycle was killed when the motorcycle was involved in an accident with 2 other vehicles. The motorcycle ran into the back of an SUV then veered off and struck another vehicle headed in the opposite direction. Both the driver and passenger of the motorcycle were wearing helmets, but she was killed and he is in critical condition.