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Teen girl killed after tow truck backs into car’s path, troopers say (FL)


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A 15-year-old Spring Hill girl died in a Monday afternoon crash where Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a tow truck backed into the path of the car she was riding in.


At 3:13 p.m. a Mazda Miata convertible, driven by a 17-year-old boy with the 15-year-old as a passenger, was headed east on County Line Road near Spring Time Street near the Pasco County-Hernando County line, troopers said. A tow truck reversed from a driveway into the street, and the convertible hit its flatbed.


The girl died at the scene, troopers said. Neither driver was injured. None of those involved have been named.


The Florida Highway Patrol stopped naming those involved in traffic collisions earlier this year due to its interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a constitutional amendment passed in 2018 that was designed to protect victims of crimes but has resulted in agencies withholding information that has long been publicly available.


Troopers did not immediately indicate whether anyone would face charges in the crash.



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I have seen numerous times when a rollback is backing out of a driveway and struck. I always tell drivers it is better to back into the driveway because when you back out the lights on the rear cannot be seen easily by oncoming traffic. It could be a young driver, a distracted driver, a driver under the influence in nearly every case the tow truck operator was at fault. Be Careful...

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