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Plant City Observer Tuesday, May 15, 2018 1 week ago

Breaking News: Wrong-way driver killed in crash in Plant City

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The driver of a Volkswagen Passat was traveling in the wrong direction on Alexander Street Monday night when he collided with a semi.
by: Breanne Williams Staff Writer

Updated on May 17 at 1:30 p.m.

A wrong-way driver died on Monday night after colliding with a semi-truck on Alexander Street.

A blue Volkswagen Passat was traveling south in the northbound lanes of North Alexander Street at approximately 11:48 p.m. Monday evening. It struck a northbound tractor-trailer combination vehicle, according to Plant City Police Department. 

The driver of the Volkswagen Passat has been identified as Gerald Edouard, 21, of Winter Haven, Florida. The driver of the tractor trailer combination, has been identified as Eric Washington, 46, of Winder, Georgia.

Plant City Fire Rescue said Edouard sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene. Washington did not have any injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle. 

At this time, officers do not know why the Volkswagen was being driven on the wrong side of the road. PCPD is investigating if outside factors contributed to the crash. There are currently no charges pending for Washington. 

Alexander Street was closed early Tuesday morning. 

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Officer C. Lopez at 813-757-9200.

Updates to come. 

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