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Witness: Car in USF students´
crash ´flew by me´

Tampa Tribune, by Keith Morelli

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Posted By:Hazymac, 2/11/2014 10:54:01 AM

A sport-utility vehicle may have driven four miles or more in the wrong direction on Interstate 275 before crashing head-on into a car carrying four University of South Florida fraternity members and killing them. Troopers today were reviewing evidence from the horrific wreck, which also killed the driver of the SUV. Who he is and why he was driving the wrong way early Sunday morning remained unanswered questions. One key to the answers: Which entrance onto the interstate did the driver take to end up going south in the northbound lanes — or did he make a U-turn across the

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The license plates of both vehicles involved in the crash and explosion are clearly visible in the pictures from the scene. Tampa Police and news organizations are being coy about the identity of the driver of the 7,000-7,200# gross weight Ford Expedition, but unless the "ghost" SUV was stolen, the cops, who surely ran the tags immediately, know who it was. Toxicology and dental records will take weeks, but the offender was likely besotted. Sober drivers rarely make this bad a mistake.

Video: http://tbo.com/Troopers-Five-dead-in-wrong-way-crash-on-I-275

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/11/2014 11:30:37 AM     (No. 9728054)

We had one of these in SoCal on the same day. I haven´t seen much follow-up news on it, although they said the woman who was driving was most likely drunk based on what they found in her car. She killed 6 and survived. I hope all the books are thrown at her.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: mc squared, 2/11/2014 11:40:01 AM     (No. 9728063)

Agree with the OP. The silence of the cops leads to suspicion on my part.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 2/11/2014 11:47:25 AM     (No. 9728069)

Wouldn´t be surprised at all if the driver was (1) drunk, (2) stoned, and/or (3) illegal.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Rama41, 2/11/2014 11:48:30 AM     (No. 9728072)

A real tragedy. Maybe at some point, we´ll have live traffic broadcasts as they do in Germany, where "Geistfahrer" (wrong-way driver) reports go out immediately on dedicated frequencies.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/11/2014 12:01:23 PM     (No. 9728103)

My surgeon husband, who sees his share of trauma, would say to our children "Nothing good happens after 1am." They didn´t always agree, of course.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Hazymac, 2/11/2014 4:11:36 PM     (No. 9728457)

http://tbo.com/news/crime/wrong-way-crash-driver-idd-was-in-friends-suv-20140211/

Toxicology reports are a few weeks ahead, but now we know the identity of the driver, recently moved to Tampa from Michigan, who had borrowed the Ford Expedition from a friend.

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