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Two Die in Hillsborough Traffic Crash

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The two died at the scene after their car spun, overturned and hit a line of trees.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – Two Tampa residents died Sunday (Dec. 20) night in a traffic crash on I-75.

The names of the deceased were being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say the accident happened around 8:30 p.m. on I-75 about three miles north of State Road 674. A 2015 Toyota Corolla was being driven northbound in the outside lane of the interstate when it “abruptly turned left traveling across all lanes of travel.” The Toyota struck the left rear of a 1994 Honda Civic being driven by Carolyn Jean Guenter, 67, of Bradenton. The Toyota began spinning, troopers say, and traveled back east across the interstate where it left the road, overturned and struck several trees. The Honda also spun, left the road and hit the trees. The Toyota came to a stop facing north in the tree line on the east shoulder of the interstate. The Honda stopped facing northeast inside the tree line.

Troopers say Guenter and her passenger, Leon Eric Hills, 63, of Lehigh Acres were not injured. The driver of the Toyota, a 37-year -old Tampa resident, and his passenger, a 46-year-old Tampa woman, died at the scene.

No charges have been filed. It is not known if the driver or passenger in the Toyota had been drinking.

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