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Troopers: Wrong-way Skyway driver, 80, had medical issue

An 80-year-old woman with an apparent medical issue was stopped while driving the wrong way Friday night on the Sunshine Skyway bridge, troopers said.

The Florida Highway Patrol said it was notified of the car going north in the southbound lanes on Interstate 275 in Manatee County, south of the bridge, about 9 p.m.

A trooper who was dispatched to the area located the 2007 Cadillac CTS about four miles later as the car was crossing the Skyway, the highway patrol said. Her speed varied from 25 to 35 mph.

The trooper, heading north in the northbound lanes, had his lights and siren activated as travelled parallel to the Cadillac, attempting to get the woman’s attention. The trooper eventually got her attention, and she pulled onto the median shoulder about 7 miles later nearing Pinellas County.

The trooper made contact with the woman, identified as Carolyn Y Pace, of Ocala. It appeared she was suffering from a medical condition, according to a highway patrol report.

Troopers safely removed the Cadillac and the woman from the bridge, taking her to a north rest area off I-275, where she was evaluated and transported to St Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg for treatment.

There were no injuries. No charges were filed.

The Skyway is a toll bridge connecting Pinellas and Manatee counties across Tampa Bay.

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