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Man Dies Following Crash

Benny Ray Looney died in the hospital after his car went off Gibsonton Road, sideswipped two utility poles, vaulted over a ditch and came to rest next to a house.

Benny Ray Looney was driving a 2005 Chevrolet Monte-Carlo westbound on Gibsonton Dr. on Friday night when the car went off the road just before Mathog Road, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies.

The car sideswiped two utility poles and vaulted across a wide ditch, according to a press release. It came to rest next to a home at 9622 Hagadorn Rd. It did not damage the home.

Looney, 66, of Gibsonton, was as taken to General Hospital, where  he died several hours later.

Authorities suspect alcohol played a role in the incident. Looney was not wearing a seatbelt.

The incident remains under investigation.

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