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Four-vehicle bridge crash results in a fatality

Four cars collided as they were going over the Howard Frankland Bridge, and a 61-year-old man was killed in the accident. The Florida Highway Patrol responded to the crash.

Reports indicate that the accident started when a 31-year-old woman in a 2008 Toyota Corolla spotted a furniture dolly on the bridge. The FHP says that she then tried to swerve around it to avoid a collision in her small car.

As she did so, however, she drove into the middle lane and instead ran into a 2013 RV. A 64-year-old man was behind the wheel. The impact sent the Corolla into the median. The RV slammed into a nearby pickup truck. That vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-150, was being driven by the 61-year-old man who was killed. The pickup flipped during the wreck.

The driver of that truck had his seat belt on, according to the FHP. Emergency crews took him to Tampa General Hospital.

The fourth vehicle crashed under strange circumstances. It was a 2014 Maserati. It swerved to go around the first collision and wound up hitting the truck with the driver who passed away. The driver of that sports car then got out and simply walked away. Police still don't know who it was.

Losing a loved one in a car accident can be sudden and jarring. While those few seconds can change a family's life forever, and financial compensation isn't going to fix that, it is important for those who have lost family members to know if they have a right to compensation for medical costs and other damages.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "Drive killed in Howard Frankland Bridge crash that once again snarls Tampa Bay traffic," April 14, 2017

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