PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) — Pinellas Park police believe speed was a factor in a fiery crash that killed a St. Petersburg man early Monday morning on a major Pinellas County road.
Police say the crash happened at 3:17 a.m. on Bryan Dairy Road under the U.S. 19 overpass.
Investigators believe Michael Hester, 60, of St. Petersburg was driving northbound on the U.S. 19 frontage road at a high rate of speed and hit one of the support pillars under the overpass on Bryan Dairy Road. The Ford 150 he was driving then caught fire. Investigators believe Hester was by himself in the truck. He was badly burned.
All of Bryan Dairy Road was shut down under the overpass, including the north and southbound U.S. 19 frontage roads, so police could investigate the crash. Bryan Dairy was reopened shortly after noon.
The fire department has requested an inspector from DOT to check for any damage to the overpass structure itself.
One photo of the crash has some people taking a second glance. The photo, taken by Pinellas Park Police, appears to show a “face” in the upper part of the vehicle. Take a look at the image below.
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