HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A 32-year-old Tampa man sustained severe injuries in a collision with a sports utility vehicle on Interstate-75. The accident reportedly took place just before morning rush hour in Hillsborough County according to the TBreporter.com. Florida Highway Patrol troopers cited both the driver of a Toyota minivan and the operator of the motor school for violations of Florida motor vehicle laws.
Florida Highway Patrol officers reported that they initiated an investigation into reports of a motor vehicle crashing into a motor scooter on I-75 in Hillsborough County around 6:00 a.m. The investigating troopers determined the location of the accident to be in the southbound lane of I-75 north of the Fletcher Avenue intersection.
The troopers’ investigation unraveled a dangerous scenario. According to the TBReporter.com, the 32-year-old man from Tampa was riding his 2018 motor scooter in the southbound, outside lane on I-75. The outside lane is commonly referred to as the “high-speed lane.” Notwithstanding the lane designation, the scooter was traveling at a slow rate. The 54-year-old operator of the Toyota minivan from Land O’ Lakes, Florida weaved around the scooter. However, while maneuvering around the scooter, the front of the Toyota clipped the scooter’s rear wheel. The impact sent the scooter into the grass on the shoulder of I-75 running adjacent to the outside lane.
Emergency medical personnel raced to the scene to treat the injured scooter operator. They transported him to Tampa General Hospital. The scooter operator is listed in serious condition. There was no information about the nature of his injuries or his prognosis. The minivan driver escaped injury in the incident.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers cited both men for their actions leading to the accident. Troopers cited the motor scooter operator for impeding traffic. Also, troopers cited the minivan driver for driving carelessly. Florida Highway Patrol officers did not indicate whether either man would face criminal charges or whether the charges were solely civil. No additional information was available concerning the release of the 32-year-old man from Tampa General Hospital.
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