North Fort Myers man, 84, dies in Hillsborough crash on I-75

An 84-year-old North Fort Myers man died Wednesday after being rear-ended in a traffic jam on Interstate 75.

Robert W. Bodycomb was driving Peter Pazumas-Bodycomb, 71, of North Fort Myers, north on I-75 near the Brandon exit for the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway when he hit congested traffic at 1:48 p.m., the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

Bodycomb slowed his 2016 Toyota Prius in the inside traffic lane, but the driver behind him, 42-year-old Steven Mark Brierley of Brooksville, failed to do so, the FHP said. Brierley’s 2006 Ford F-150 collided with the rear of Bodycomb’s Prius, forcing it into the center grass median where it rotated and hit a guardrail. The truck came to a rest in the center travel lane.

Bodycomb died at the scene of the crash and Pazumas-Bodycomb was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital-South with minor injuries. Brierley did not sustain any injuries requiring hospitalization, the FHP said.

All three drivers were wearing their seatbelts and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash.


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