Two Dead in I-275 Crash
The driver had fled a traffic stop minutes before the crash. The St. Petersburg police were not pursuing the car, FHP troopers say.
ST. PETERSBURG – Two men died this morning (Jan. 21) in a traffic crash on I-275 caused when the driver missed a curve and lost control of the speeding car, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
Andreis Lamont Hayward, 28, of Safety Harbor, and Lorenzo Alexander Hayward, 33, of Clearwater, died at the scene. Neither was wearing a seat belt and both had been drinking, FHP troopers said.
The crash happened about 1:36 a.m. on northbound I-275 at mile marker 24 in St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg police said that, about 1:30 a.m., an officer stopped a 2012 Hyundai Genesis the car for a traffic stop at Fifth Avenue S and Fourth Street, the I-275 entrance ramp. While he was standing by the car window requesting documents, the car sped off. The officer did not pursue, as he was not even in his cruiser.
FHP troopers said that, even though no one was pursuing the Hyundai, it was traveling at a “high rate of speed” on the interstate. The driver, Andreis Lamont Hayward, failed to negotiate a curve on I-275 at about 22nd Avenue N and lost control of the car.
The Hyundai went into the median, hit a tree and overturned “multiple” times. Lorenzo Alexander Hayward, the passenger, was thrown from the car as it came to a final rest and burst into flames.
The crash closed the northbound lanes of I-275 until about 6:15 a.m.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL.
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