The Monday pre-dawn fatal wrong-way crash on I-75 was near Dade City.
Photos: Florida Highway Patrol
Another wrong-way crash on I-75 early this morning killed a Tampa woman. Florida Highway Patrol reports it happened around 4:30 a.m. Monday in Pasco County. The driver driving the wrong way was identified as 25-year-old Jessica Rey Mahn, according to an update from Sgt. Steve Gaskins, FHP’s Public Information Officer.
This is the fifth fatal wrong-way crash on I-75 & I-275 in or just outside Hillsborough County this year.
Around 4:30 a.m., the Florida Highway Patrol received reports of a wrong-way driver going northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75, north of State Road 52 in Pasco County. A 2012 Nissan Altima driven by Mahn was in the inside lane. It crashed into a southbound tractor trailer hauling food and beverage products for Polmax Transportation from Markham, Illinois. The tractor trailer driver, Slawomir Plonski, 42, of Port St. Lucie, Florida was not hurt and wearing his seat belt, according to the FHP accident report by FHP Trooper J. Davenport.
Plonski saw the oncoming vehicle and tried to avoid a collision, but his commerical vehicle was hit on the left side at 290.5 milepost.
The Mahn was seriously hurt and was wearing her seatbelt. She was taken to Bayonet Point Medical Center where she died from her injuries at 6:13 a.m. All southbound traffic on I-75 was diverted to Exit 293 until 9:20 a.m.
At this time, the FHP doesn’t know exactly where or when Mahn’s Nissan began traveling on I-75 in the wrong direction.
Alcohol is suspected in the fatal wrong-way crash. Investigators are waiting for toxicology results, which take 4-8 weeks, according to the FHP.