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Deadly wrong-way crash closes I-75 northbound in Hillsborough County

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 19, 2019

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A fatal wrong-way crash has I-75 northbound closed in Hillsborough County just before the I-75 and I-275 junction.

All northbound lanes of I-75 near State Road 56 were closed. Two lanes re-opened around 6:45 p.m., and the last opened around 7:50 p.m.

Florida Highway Patrol says 84-year-old Elide Tamayo was driving a Lincoln Town Car southbound in the northbound lanes of I-75 after making a U-turn from the I-275 entrance ramp.

FHP troopers say Tamayo was confused. As he drove southbound toward County Line Road, a passenger vehicle swerved from his path and collided with a pick-up truck.

Tamayo swerved and entered the west paved shoulder of the road, at the same time as the 45-year-old James Johnson on his motorcycle. They collided head-on while on the paved shoulder.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Tamayo was taken to an area hospital for serious injuries.

FHP says charges are pending.