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FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275 at about 11:10 a.m. when he looked down at his car stereo to adjust it, the FHP said.

He "failed to maintain control of the vehicle" and drove into the center median, trooper said, then the Camaro went airborne and plunged more than 50 feet down the bridge embankment.

It landed in the center of Fifth Avenue N, the FHP said.

The car came to a rest on the grass shoulder of Fifth Avenue N. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, the FHP said. The driver was cited for careless driving.

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