Murder Charges Filed Against Mustang Driver in Deadly Sunshine Skyway Collision
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Murder Charges Filed Against Mustang Driver in Deadly Sunshine Skyway Collision

A 22-year-old man is now facing felony murder charges following a collision in which he drove a stolen Ford Mustang into a ride-share driver’s van near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, resulting in the tragic deaths of the driver and one passenger, as reported by the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office sought assistance from the Florida Highway Patrol after a stolen Ford Mustang collided with an HCSO patrol car and fled southbound on Interstate 275 at approximately 10:46 p.m. on Wednesday.

Upon reaching the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the Mustang driver collided with an FHP vehicle. Despite reaching the top of the bridge and turning around, the driver again struck the FHP vehicle before fleeing in the wrong direction on I-275.

Shortly thereafter, the Mustang collided head-on with a Dodge Caravan near the northern rest area of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, at mile marker 13. The Caravan, occupied by a 33-year-old ride-share driver from Bradenton and three passengers visiting from Columbiana, Ohio, suffered devastating consequences in the crash.

The scene witnessed the tragic demise of both the ride-share driver and a 52-year-old passenger. Furthermore, a 51-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man sustained severe injuries in the collision.

Leosvany Arias Roman, a 22-year-old identified as the Mustang driver from Hialeah, also suffered serious injuries in the crash.

In the attempt to apprehend Roman, the 27-year-old trooper experienced minor injuries when his FHP vehicle was forcefully collided with.

According to the FHP, Roman is now facing charges that include felony murder, vehicular homicide, aggravated fleeing and eluding resulting in death, driving with a suspended license, and battery on a law enforcement officer.


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