Two people were injured, one critically, when the car they were riding in went off the road, throwing them from the vehicle.
Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Chris Miller said Zachary Joseph McMines, 20, of Pinellas Park was driving a 2005 Honda convertible over the speed limit on Palm View Drive at 28th Avenue East in Palmetto, when he went off the road. The car hit a power pole, flipped and landed upside down, throwing McMines and his passenger, Nicole Lee Monahan, 20, of Bradenton, from the vehicle, according to Miller.
McMines landed about 20 feet from the vehicle. Monahan landed closer, but only after flying through the trees. She was more critically injured, suffering from severe bleeding.
Monahan was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg in critical condition. McMines was taken by ambulance to Bayfront in serious condition, officials said.
The accident happened about 10:42 a.m.