UF student dies in accident on NW 34th Street


Published: Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 28, 2005 at 10:22 p.m.
A University of Florida student died early Friday when his car crashed into a telephone pole.
Christopher James Small, 21, was killed in the 2:35 a.m. accident in the 1600 block of NW 34th Street, Gainesville Police reported.
"We have a couple of people that were passed on 34th Street by the driver at a high rate of speed," said police spokesman Sgt. Keith Kameg.
Estimated speed for the black, 1997 Acura was 90 mph in a 35 mph zone, according to officers.
Small, who was from Pinellas County, police said, was driving south on NW 34th Street when he lost control of the car as he approached the NW 16th Avenue intersection. "Due to his rate of speed, the vehicle went airborne," Kameg said.
Skidmarks show the car slid sideways. The car also flipped before colliding with a telephone pole on the west side of the road.
Small had been wearing a seat belt and the car's air bag did deploy, police reported.
Officers will be awaiting toxicology results to determine if the driver was impaired. A small amount of marijuana was found near the car, Kameg said.
The crash is the first traffic fatality in the city this year. Three people died in traffic accidents in Gainesville last year.
Lise Fisher can be reached at (352) 374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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