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Thursday, Oct 23, 2014
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St. Petersburg man dies in crash


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A St. Petersburg man may have suffered a medical episode when he was killed early Monday night after his speeding car struck another before eventually crashing into a tree.

Police say John Folger, in a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, was traveling eastbound on Central Avenue toward 65th Street just before 10 p.m. when he passed a 1991 Jeep Wrangler driven by 46-year-old Ronald Naccarato, of St. Petersburg.

The front of the Pathfinder struck the back of the Wrangler, police say, sending Naccarato off a curb and striking a tree before flipping on its roof.

Folger continued eastbound on Central Avenue for several blocks before striking a tree, police say.

Naccarato is being treated for undisclosed injuries at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, police say.

Folger was transported to St. Petersburg General Hospital, where police say he was pronounced dead at 10:30 p.m.

An autopsy is being performed to determine whether Folger suffered from a medical episode prior to the crash. Police are also awaiting toxicology results to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the crash.

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