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Man thrown from vehicle, killed in Sumter County crash

Victim identified as Eric G. Mehlenbacher, 21

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BUSHNELL, Fla. – A man died early Sunday after he was thrown from his vehicle during a crash on County Road 575, troopers said.

Florida Highway Patrol officials said Eric G. Mehlenbacher, 21, was heading south on CR 575, just north of County Road 663, in a Saab car when he lost control of the vehicle at a curve, left the road and entered the shoulder.

Troopers said the car spun and overturned several times before colliding with a tree. As the car overturned Mehlenbacher was ejected.

He was taken to an area hospital but died of his injuries.


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