Parrish man dies when car crashes on Interstate 75, falls into river

February 12, 2014 

Low visibility was cited in an overnight fatal crash on southbound I-75 in which a tractor trailer overturned and a BMW went into the Alafia River. The driver of the BMW died. BAY NEWS 9 PHOTO

Southbound Interstate 75 in Gibsonton was closed Wednesday morning for several hours after a crash that killed a Parrish man in which his car went into the Alafia River and an ABC Liquors tractor trailer overturned.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the ABC Liquors semi truck and a BMW sedan were traveling south on I-75 approaching the Alafia River bridge around 2:30 a.m.

With visibility limited by fog, the two vehicles collided, and the BMW traveled off the inside shoulder of the bridge and into the Alafia River.

The semi overturned, spilling a large portion of the 30,000 gallons of alcoholic beverages it was carrying onto the highway, troopers said.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue's dive team attempted to rescue the driver of the BMW, but were unsuccessful. That driver, 42-year-old James Dylan Proctor of Parrish, died at the scene. The driver of the semi, 30-year-old Wayne Damari Waldon of Lakeland, was taken to Tampa General Hospital with minor injuries.

"It's a good 20-foot plunge (into the river) off the interstate," said Chip Shields of Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.

Charges are pending, the FHP said.

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