Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One dead, two injured in three car accident on Hillsborough Avenue

Moris Rakaj (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

TOWN N' COUNTRY, Fla. - A man is dead after troopers say he caused a three-way car accident Saturday morning in Tampa.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, 28-year-old Moris Rakaj of Clearwater was driving his Ford Contour westbound on Hillsborough Avenue, west of Countryway Boulevard.

Jeffrey Marcus, a 38-year-old from Tampa, was driving his Saturn Sky in front of Rakaj at a slower speed. Troopers say Rakaj reportedly failed to notice the Saturn and crashed into the rear of Marcus' vehicle.

Investigators say the collision caused Rakaj lose control of his Contour and cross over the median into eastbound traffic on Hillsborough Avenue and into the path of Michael Hayden's Toyota Camry. Investigators say the 60-year-old Hayden ended up crashing into the right side of Rakaj’s vehicle.

Rakaj’s car ended up facing south in the eastbound lane along with the Camry, while the Sky was on the grass shoulder on the westbound side of Hillsborough Avenue.

Rakaj didn’t survive the accident.

Hayden was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital in serious condition. Marcus was taken to Town & Country Hospital with minor injuries.

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