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One killed, two injured in accident

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 1, 2001

One person was killed and two were injured Friday night in a four-car crash in Manatee County near the Sunshine Skyway.

Glenn Robert Hood, 59, of Sarasota was killed when the driver of the 1991 Chevrolet pickup truck he was riding in skidded on wet pavement into the path of three cars.

The truck was driven by Mark Paul Hood, 33, of Osprey, who suffered minor injuries and was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital. Officials did not say if the men were related.

The accident occurred during a rainstorm about 6:15 p.m. as Mark Hood was traveling north on I-275, approaching the Sunshine Skyway. He skidded, and his truck spun counterclockwise and crossed the grassy median into the southbound lane.

There, he struck a 2001 Ford Expedition driven by Daniel T. O'Brian, 49, of Parrish. O'Brian suffered serious injuries and was taken to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg.

Mark Hood's truck continued spinning, hitting a 1994 Land Rover driven by Pola H. Harris-Moore, 52, of Bradenton.

Flying debris from the initial collision struck a 1987 Honda driven by Sammy Ray Dudley, 55, of Scottsdale, Ariz.

Neither Moore, Dudley, nor Dudley's passenger, Carol Ann Dudley, 56, was injured.

Charges are pending in the accident, which caused $50,500 damage.

All six people involved in the accident were wearing seat belts.

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