DADE CITY - A 29-year-old man was killed Monday night after his car collided with a pickup and then hit a sign pole on U.S. 301, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
Just before midnight, Timothy Jones, 29, of Dade City was driving a 1983 Pontiac sedan at excessive speed northbound on the U.S. 98 Bypass, a patrol report said. Then Jones merged onto U.S. 301, just north of Dade City limits, near Meredith Avenue. He veered across two lanes and collided with the right front of a 2003 GMC pickup.
The truck, driven by James Lane, 58, of Dade City, crossed the concrete median and came to a stop in the southbound lane. But Jones' car spun and hit a sign pole, the patrol reported.
Jones was pronounced dead at the scene because of injuries sustained in the crash. Lane had no injuries, the report said.
No further information was available about the accident on Tuesday, and the incident would be open for investigation for another 60 days, said Trooper Larry Coggins, patrol spokesman.
Gena Jones, 31, said her second cousin was raised by his grandfather, Benjamin, in Dade City and now had a wife and children. They could not be reached for comment.
Gena Jones said Jones had been running his own lawn care business for years.
"He had his problems, like we all do," she said. "But he's never been anything but good to me."