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Inverness, Florida -- A Naval Academy student was killed early Thursday morning after his car hit a tree near a state park.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers say Midshipman Nicholas Tarr was heading south on Old Floral City Road around 2:20 Thursday morning when he failed to negotiate a curve near the Sandpiper Drive intersection.

Tarr's Lincoln sedan traveled across the northbound lane and off the east side of the road. He then overcorrected driving back onto the road and off the west side where hit a fence owned by Fort Cooper State Park and then a tree.

The force of the collision with the tree split his car in two, ejecting him from the car. Tarr, 21, of Inverness, was killed at the crash site.

The FHP report says Tarr was on leave from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.


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