FHP: Driver killed after hydroplaning on SR 22

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – A Nevada man was killed after his car hydroplaned in floodwaters on State Road 22, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. Monday, just east of Sandy Creek Road.

FHP troopers said the 51-year-old man was traveling west in a sedan when he ran into slow draining water in the road left behind from Tropical Storm Fred.

Troopers said this caused the driver to lose control and the car overturned into a ditch filled with water.

“We just want to encourage people, especially after the storm like we just faced, to slow down, drive cautiously, and be aware of your surroundings,” said Lt. Jason King with the Florida Highway Patrol. “There may be standing water or slow draining water across roadways that you don’t see. You’ll be stuck in it or end in a situation like this.”

A full investigation by the traffic homicide investigations will confirm a direction of travel, speed, as well as other factors that may have contributed to this crash.

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