FHP: 2 killed after driver flees traffic stop, causes crash on I-275

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) -A driver fled a traffic stop and was killed in a crash on Interstate 275 early Tuesday morning. His passenger also died, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened around 4:15 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 near 22nd Avenue North.

The FHP said a police officer stopped a 28-year-old Safety Harbor man before the crash at the entrance ramp to I-175, but he sped off while the officer was standing by his window.

The vehicle was later seen traveling northbound on Interstate 275 at a high rate of speed.

The FHP said the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the Hyundai Genesis, which traveled into the median, hit a tree and overturned before it caught fire.

Both the driver and his passenger, a 33-year-old Clearwater man, died at the scene. Their names were not released.

The crash forced the closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 at 22nd Avenue South, but all lanes have since reopened.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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