MANATEE - A 49-year-old Bradenton man was killed this morning after he walked away from a crash on Interstate 75 but then was struck by another vehicle, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.
The chain reaction accident in the northbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 223 started at 12:45 a.m. when the driver of 2003 Chevrolet SUV traveled off the roadway and onto the inside shoulder. He abruptly steered to the right, crossing over the northbound lanes. He then overcorrected to the left and over turned several times before coming to rest partially in the left and center lanes, according to FHP.
A second vehicle traveling north, a 2008 Chevrolet, struck the rear of the SUV.
After the collision, the driver and passenger in the second vehicle, who both had minor injuries, got out of the car and walked to the inside shoulder of I-75.
The driver of a third vehicle, a 2009 Nissan, was in the left lane and failed to slow down as it approached the crash scene. The driver veered to the left and traveled off the roadway and onto the inside shoulder and struck the passenger of the second vehicle, FHP said.
George E. Jepsen, 49, of the 2800 block of 14th Street West, Bradenton, suffered fatal injuries, according to FHP.
The driver of the first vehicle, a 28-year-old Madeira Beach man, suffered serious injuries. The driver of the third vehicle, a 29-year-old Sarasota man, suffered minor injuries.