Driver John Hopkin dies after vehicle hits 11-foot alligator in Lithia

Driver John Hopkin, 59, dies after hitting 11-foot alligator on Florida roadway, deputies say

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Early Thursday morning, a Florida man died after his car hit an 11-foot alligator in the middle of the road and overturned into a ditch, authorities said.

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 24, 2022, John Hopkins, 59, was driving eastbound on C.R. 672, about two miles west of C.R. 39.

According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO), a passing driver saw a car in a ditch and contacted authorities around 12:30 a.m.

The front of the victim’s vehicle hit an alligator, veered off the road and overturned into a ditch, say deputies.

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

An alligator also died in the accident, HCSO reported.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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