Bridge collision kills Gypsum man

News editor

A Gypsum man died Aug. 20 when his car collided with a concrete bridge railing on 290th Rd. between Nighthawk and Mustang Rds.

Undersheriff David Huntley said Richard G. Hoye, 73, was westbound on the Lincolnville-Durham road at approximately noon when the car crossed the road and the driver’s side tires went onto the south shoulder. The car struck the railing head-on and fell into the creek bed, coming to rest on the west bank south of the bridge.

Hoye was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene by county coroner Paige Hatcher-Dodson.

Uncertain if Hoye was traveling alone, emergency personnel from Tampa and Hillsboro searched both sides of the creek, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Marion Reservoir brought equipment rescuers used to drag the creek. They found no other victims.

The road was closed for several hours as the car was removed from the creek and county road crews cleared debris. Thursday, a steel guardrail was installed in front of the south concrete railing.

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