Man injured in I-75 crash


Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.

A Gainesville man was seriously injured when his vehicle struck the back of a semi on Interstate 75 early Tuesday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Brett James Stradomski, 25, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida following the crash, which occurred shortly after midnight, according to troopers.

Stradomski was listed in good condition at the hospital later Tuesday.

Officers reported Stradomski had been driving north on the interstate, south of Newberry Road, at a “high rate of speed.” He drove up behind a semi, also headed north.

Stradomski tried to shift left to avoid the semi, which was in front of him in the right lane, according to FHP. But his vehicle struck the rear of the semi's trailer.

Troopers listed the crash as alcohol-related after seeing alcohol containers inside the vehicle, according to FHP. An investigation is ongoing with officers awaiting toxicology results.

Gainesville Police assisted in detouring traffic in the area of the crash, said Sgt. Steve Baker. Traffic was impacted for more than one hour.

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