A driver was killed and three people critically injured this afternoon in a multi-vehicle crash on West Hillsborough Avenue at Double Branch Road, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
At 4:32 p.m., a 2012 Ford F250 pickup, driven by Christopher John Hoynes, 23, of Wesley Chapel, was towing a construction-style trailer and was headed east on Hillsborough Avenue. Meanwhile, a 2008 Hyundai driven by an 18-year-old Dunedin man was traveling behind it.
As the vehicles approached the intersection with Double Branch Road, the Hyundai sped up and passed the Ford, FHP said. As the Hyundai re-entered the lane, it hit the front of the Ford,
The impact sent the jack in the Hyundai’s trunk flying into the windshield of an eastbound 2014 BMW sports utility vehicle driven by Victoria Jeanette Brady, 29, of Tampa. She was not hurt.
After hitting the Ford, the Hyundai continued across the eastbound lanes, struck the concrete median and flipped as it became airborne. It then struck a 2012 Chrysler driven by a 51-year-old Tampa man. The driver and his occupants, a 71-year-old man and a 72-year-old woman, all of Tampa, were taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, all in critical condition. Their names have not been released pending notification of relatives.
The driver of the Hyundai was ejected and died at the scene, FHP said. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
Hoynes and his two passengers were not hurt, FHP said.
Debris from the Hyundai struck a 2008 Ford Edge, but its driver, Cory Steven Barron, 26, of Tampa was not hurt, FHP said.
Eastbound Hillsborough was closed for several hours after the crash. It was reopened around 9:30 p.m., FHP said.