Driver dies after vehicle hits 11-foot alligator

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Posted at 1:03 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-24 13:07:28-04

LITHIA, Fla. (WFTS) — A man died early Thursday morning after his vehicle hit an 11-foot alligator in the middle of a road and overturned into a ditch, authorities in Florida said.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a passing driver saw a car in a ditch and called 911 around 12:30 a.m.

The front of the victim's vehicle hit the alligator, veered off the road and overturned into a ditch, HCSO said.

The driver, later identified as John Hopkin, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The alligator also died in the crash, HCSO said.

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