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Tampa woman, 63, dies in I-275 crash


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A car spun out of control and hit a guardrail Sunday morning on Interstate 275 in Tampa, resulting in the death of a 63-year-old passenger, troopers said.

Junette Bazile, of Tampa, was pronounced dead at St. Joseph’s Hospital after the crash, which occurred at 9:05 a.m. on northbound I-275 just south of Bird Street.

The driver, Martha Decimus, 34, of Tampa, and two children in the back seat, ages 3 and 8, were treated at St. Joseph’s Hospital with minor injuries, troopers said.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol report, Decimus was driving a 1992 Mazda Protege and attempting to move to the outside lane. During the maneuver, Decimus did not notice a vehicle in the outside lane and took evasive action, overcorrecting to the inside lane, troopers said.

After a second overcorrection, the Mazda rotated and Decimus lost control of the car, troopers said. The car went across three lanes and collided with a guardrail on the outside shoulder, then back across the highway to the inside lane.

An autopsy showed Bazile died due to injuries from the crash and not a medical event as officials initially believed, troopers said.

Bazile and Decimus were not wearing seat belts, the highway patrol report said. The two children were restrained.

Charges are pending, the report said.

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