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Man Dies in Tampa Car Crash After SUV Flipped Over


Posted on Feb 05, 2013

Early one the morning of January 12, 2013, a man died in a Tampa car crash when the vehicle he was traveling in spun out of control and flipped. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the fatal accident took place Saturday morning around 3:20 a.m. near the Interstate 75 entrance ramp on Interstate 4, just east of Tampa.

The man was a passenger in a sport-utility vehicle driven by 22-year-old Lauren Kelsey Carter. Police say Carter was driving a Ford Explorer eastbound on I-4 when she attempted to steer her vehicle from the center lane on I-4 to the I-75 entrance ramp at the last minute. There was only about 1,000 feet left for her vehicle to make the lane change, said FHP.

Because of that maneuver, police say Carter lost control of her vehicle as the SUV went onto the right grass shoulder of the entrance ramp. It appeared that she tried to overcorrect to regain control of her vehicle, but it caused the car to skid across the entrance ramp and into the left grass shoulder where the vehicle continued to spin and overturn onto its right side. When the car spun out of control and flipped, two of Carter’s passengers were ejected from the vehicle.

Carter, of Land O’Lakes, was traveling with three passengers. Nineteen-year-old Taylor Moore, also of Land O’Lakes, suffered only minor injuries. Passengers Donivan Nelson and Stephen Andrew Wolfe were seriously injured in this Florida crash. All passengers along with Carter were transported to Tampa General Hospital for medical care. However, 27-year-old Wolfe, of Land O’Lakes, died from his injuries he sustained in the wreck. Both Carter and 24-year-old Nelson, of Tampa, suffered serious injuries.

According to police, Carter and Moore were the only ones wearing their seat belts. Police are not sure if alcohol was involved in this accident, and they are currently investigating this crash.

The Mallard Law Firm would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Stephen Andrew Wolfe and we would like to wish those injured in this crash a full recovery.

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Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney