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Troopers: Drunk driver crashes into patrol car near Skyway Bridge 10k

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Posted at 1:22 PM, Mar 06, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 18:15:18-05

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla — Officials said a drunk driver crashed head-on into a trooper's SUV on northbound Interstate 275. The road had been closed for the Skyway 10k.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. Sunday by the toll plaza on the Manatee County side of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

According to deputies, Kristen Kay Watts, 52, of Sarasota, was driving northbound on I-275 near the road closure for the Armed Forces Skyway 10K Race. Watts didn't stop or detour and instead drove through traffic cones and around other barricades. Officers attempted a traffic stop but Watts continued through the Toll Plaza.

Watts then collided "nearly" head-on with one of the Troopers responding.

The collision caused serious injuries to both drivers and both were transported to the hospital. The northbound lanes of SR-93 were closed for several hours during the investigation.