The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) reported today that a deputy was injured and transported to the hospital early Sunday morning following a crash on I-275.
At approximately 2:10 a.m., the deputy was sitting inside a marked Ford Explorer blocking a lane of traffic on I-275 South, just before E Floribraska Avenue in Tampa, as another deputy conducted a DUI traffic stop. The deputies had emergency lights activated.
Alan Coston, 22, was driving a rented silver Nissan Altima traveling southbound on I-275 when he failed to notice the stopped patrol vehicle. Coston rear-ended the Ford Explorer at a high rate of speed. The impact caused the deputy’s SUV to rotate 180 degrees counter-clockwise, ultimately coming to a stop in the inside shoulder of the interstate. The Nissan rolled across two lanes of travel before striking a concrete barrier. No other vehicles were struck during the collision.
Both the deputy and Coston were transported to Tampa General Hospital with minor neck and back injuries. Coston was cited for Careless Driving and Violation of the Move Over Law. Impairment was not a factor in this crash.