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FHP: Man arrested for DUI after passenger dies in 2-car crash in Hillsborough County

The northbound lanes of the interstate were shut down for hours overnight and into the morning.
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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A woman is dead following a crash in Hillsborough County involving multiple cars Tuesday night on Interstate 75 N near Fletcher Avenue. 

The crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. The Florida Highway Patrol says a Honda Accord, driven by Michael Jones, was speeding along I-75 and tried to overtake a Chevy Cruz.

But the Accord hit the Cruz, troopers report. As a result, the Accord spun into the median and hit a tree. The Cruz spun into the outside shoulder and hit a light pole. 

Another car was also hit by either one or both cars and came to a stop along the shoulder of the roadway. 

The 25-year-old woman passenger in the Accord died as a result of the crash.

Jones was arrested for DUI manslaughter and DUI serious injury and was transported to the Hillsborough County Jail.

All northbound lanes were shut down for hours overnight as crews investigated the crash but have since reopened. 

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