Helicopter Crash Kills Plant City Man
He was a passenger in a pickup truck that was hit by one of the helicopter’s blades when it crashed onto a Hillsborough County street.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Plant City man was killed Thursday (April 4) when the pickup truck in which he was riding was hit by a helicopter that crashed on S 50th Street, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Deodat Persaud Gangapersaud, 72, of Plant City, died at the scene. He was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by his son, Ryan Anthony Persaud, 35, of Dover. Neither the younger Persaud nor the helicopter pilot, Bryan Thomas Messick, 39, of Bradenton, nor co-pilot, Joshua James Wells, 21, of Pinellas Park, suffered injuries.
The crash happened about 2:21 p.m. on S 50th Street at Palm River Road in Hillsborough County.
Troopers said the Persauds were traveling north on 50th Street in a 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck when the vehicle was struck by one of the spinning rotor blades from a 2019 Robinson helicopter that crashed onto the street after it had engine trouble.
All lanes on S 50th Street asnd Palm River Road were closed for several hours while the FHP, National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigated the crash. Northbound S 50th Street was reopened about 7 p.m. All roads were reopened about 9:30 p.m.
Photos courtesy of the Florida Highway Patrol.
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