HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL – A driver of a stolen white Ford Mustang struck a Florida Highway Patrol car and then hit an Uber Dodge Caravan head-on, claiming the lives of two people.
This collision was reported before 11 p.m. Wednesday on I-275 South. WPTV said the events of the crash unfolded when the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and Florida Highway Patrol were called to a report of a stolen white Ford Mustang.
The person driving the Mustang had struck an FHP before fleeing away from the scene. A pursuit was brought about. Authorities again tried to stop the Mustang motorist — identified as 22-year-old Leosvany Arias Roman.
Roman tried to resist getting stopped and traveled south on top of the bridge, turned before hitting the same FHP vehicle.
After Roman hit the 27-year-old trooper (who was later hospitalized for minor wounds), he then hit the Dodge Caravan head-on.
The Dodge driver, who was identified as a 33-year-old adult, and one passenger, a 52-year-old, both succumbed to fatal wounds.
Roman and the two other Uber occupants — a 24-year-old and 51-year-old adult — were sent to area hospitals.
The severity of injuries the 24-year-old and 51-year-old sustained remain unclear. Roman’s were deemed serious.
Authorities are charging Roman with “felony murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and eluding involving death, driving with a suspended license involving death and battery on a law enforcement officer.”
Florida Highway Patrol launched an investigation and temporarily closed I-275 before reopening after 6:40 a.m.
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