Crash with semitruck at Okahumpka intersection kills Sarasota man, seriously injures another, FHP says

Crash reported at intersection of county roads 470, 33

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OKAHUMPKA, Fla. – A crash Sunday morning in Okahumpka that involved a semitruck and an SUV left a passenger in the latter vehicle dead and its driver injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred around 8:44 a.m. at the intersection of county roads 470 and 33, troopers said.

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According to a crash report, the SUV was traveling east on CR-470, approaching the intersection, as its driver ran a red traffic light. The semitruck — which troopers said had a green light — entered the intersection as it continued south on CR-33. The front of the SUV struck the right side of the semitruck, troopers said.

The SUV’s driver — a 33-year-old Bradenton man — was airlifted to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His passenger, a 25-year-old Sarasota man, was pronounced dead at the scene, troopers said. The report stated the Sarasota man was not wearing a seatbelt in the crash.

The driver of the semitruck — a 43-year-old Brandon man — was not injured in the crash and remained at the scene, troopers said.

A roadblock, established for the entire intersection, remained at time of writing for diesel fuel cleanup.

This is a developing story. Check back with News 6 for updates.

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