Driver dead after car speeds off Skyway fishing pier

- Rescue crews confirmed the death of a man whose car sped off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge fishing pier Wednesday afternoon.  

The man was later identified as 52-year-old Richard McCrocklin from Eustis, Florida.

Emergency crews from St. Petersburg Fire Rescue went to the pier after reports came in of a vehicle in the water. Florida Highway Patrol said the 2012 red Mercedes 2-door drove through the barriers and into the water off the south fishing pier.

The vehicle was completely submerged in 25 to 30 feet of water. Divers found the car with the driver inside and were able to lift it back onto the pier around 4:40 p.m.

Because the fishing pier is within the Hillsborough County section of the Skyway Bridge, investigators from Hillsborough will carryout an investigation into the incident. 

St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue is currently assisting North River fire District with a water rescue operation on the south fishing pier of the Skyway bridge.

Posted by St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue on Wednesday, December 23, 2015


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