An FHP trooper gets a closer look of a vehicle that crashed into a pedestrian handrail before coming to a stop on Wednesday in Riverview.
A 19-year-old Riverview man died after losing control of his 1998 four-door Volvo and crashing into a pedestrian handrail on U.S. Hwy. 301 in Riverview, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said.
According to troopers, on Wednesday at around 1:38 p.m., Kevin Gomez and his passenger, Maximo Sousa, 18, also of Riverview, were driving north on U.S. Hwy. 301 approaching Palmetto St. when another northbound vehicle changed lanes in front of Gomez, who attempted to brake to avoid a collision, but lost control of the vehicle on the wet roadway.
Troopers believe that the Volvo spun counter clockwise and traveled backwards and across the road onto the outside shoulder at the Palmetto St. intersection where the rear right of the car struck the handrail on the east side of U.S. Hwy. 301.
During the collision, a portion of the handrail broke through the rear window and pierced through the front window, while a second pole of the handrail broke through the trunk, through the rear seat and also through the front window.
The Volvo then came to rest in the outside shoulder facing south.
Gomez was transported to Tampa General Hospital in critical condition where he later died. Sousa was not injured, FHP troopers said.
The incident remains under investigation and details are subject to change.