A 53-year-old man from St. Petersburg was killed Tuesday when the tanker truck he was driving rear-ended a car, and the truck then flipped and burst into flames on Interstate 75 southbound in Sarasota.
The truck driver has been identified as 53-year-old Robert D. Drewelus, who was driving a 2013 International loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline.
Nicholas Hermes Cain, 16, of Lakewood Ranch, is charged with leaving the scene with death, a second-degree felony, and a violation of a learner license restriction. His car was rear-ended by another truck. Cain left his car on Cattlemen Road, but FHP found him in Lakewood Ranch. He had a 15-year-old passenger in the car who was not injured.
FHP says whether you are at fault or not, it is a crime to leave a crash scene if your car was involved.
All lanes of SB I-75 reopened at 7:30 a.m. after 4.5 hours of complete southbound lane shut downs for 4 miles between University Parkway and Fruitville Road.
Lt. Gregory Bueno with the Florida Highway Patrol said the crash happened on I-75 near Fruitville Road around 3 a.m. The southbound lanes of I-75 at mile marker 213 near University Parkway were closed for serveral hours on Tuesday morning but are now open.