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Crash on First Street in Bradenton kills Palmetto man, 30

BRADENTON — A 30-year-old Palmetto man was killed in a crash early Thursday on First Street West/U.S. 41.

Robert L. Collins, of Palmetto, died during the two-vehicle crash that took place at 2:45 a.m. near Sixth Avenue West, said Bradenton Police Deputy Chief J.J. Lewis.

The wreck involved a Cadillac SUV driven by Collins and a Ryder rental truck driven by 71-year-old Bradenton man.

Collins was traveling south on U.S. 41/First Street West and estimated to be traveling at about 100 mph, according to the crash report. The other driver was traveling at about 5 mph east on Sixth Avenue West. The Ryder truck had a trailer and overturned, according to the crash report.

Glass covered the road during the early morning hours as police and firefighters responded to the scene.

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