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Driver dies after vehicle hits 11-foot alligator, overturns in Lithia

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Posted at 7:59 AM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-24 12:35:50-04

LITHIA, Fla. — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said a person died early Thursday morning after their vehicle hit an 11-foot alligator in the middle of a road and overturned into a ditch.

According to authorities, the crash happened on eastbound CR-672, two miles west of CR-39, at 12:30 a.m. Deputies were called to the scene after a passing driver saw the car in the ditch and called 911.

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The front of the victim's vehicle hit the alligator, veered off the road and overturned into a ditch, HCSO said.

The driver, later identified as 59-year-old John Hopkin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The alligator also died in the crash, HCSO said.