A 28-year-old Tampa man was killed early Monday after he stepped from his vehicle to help victims in a series of earlier crashes involving two semi tractor-trailers and three cars, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crashes occurred at 2:40 a.m. Monday in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 approaching Gibsonton Drive.
A 19-year-old St. Cloud man was driving a black Toyota southbound when he veered from his lane and struck the rear of a semitrailer driven by a 57-year-old Dunedin man. The Toyota overturned and landed on its side in the outside lane.
A 27-year-old man from Brandon, driving a white Toyota and traveling behind another vehicle, slowed down and stopped on the shoulder.
The second semi, driven by a 50-year-old Houston man, struck the white Toyota and pushed it into the tan Ford and the Tampa man, who was on foot.
The Tampa man received fatal injuries. The two semi drivers were not injured. The drivers of the two Toyotas and the Ford received minor injuries.