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One dead, one critical following 'wrong way' crash

Police are continuing to investigate a fatal car accident in the Tampa metro area which also left a driver critically injured. The accident happened because one of the drivers was traveling the wrong way on a well-known bridge in the area.

Family members of the driver who went the wrong way on the interstate suggest she may have just been confused when coming out of a rest area, especially since the accident in the early morning hours. One family member claimed it is easy for a person to get turned around on the bridge even in broad daylight. In any event, the driver traveled the wrong way through a toll plaza and, a short time later, encountered a pick up truck. While the drivers tried to avoid the ensuing head-on accident, they wound up swerving in to each other and spinning after impact. The woman traveling the wrong way died at the scene.

The driver who died was an aspiring hairstylist working in the area who had prior violations involving a motor vehicle, including a drunk driving charge, but who had reportedly been living a more stable life in recent months. Although police are trying to piece together what happened before the accident, there has been no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved in this tragedy.

While there is no update as to the other driver, a 55-year-old man, he was reportedly taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition. Even if he survives the accident, he will likely have substantial medical bills, time away from work and a lengthy and possibly painful recovery.

Source: Tampa Bay Times, "St. Petersburg hairstylist dies after wrong-way crash on Sunshine Skyway Bridge,' Sara DiNatale and Josh Solomon, Dec. 30, 2016.

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