Thanksgiving Night Crash in Tampa Leaves 3 Dead
Interstate 75 in Hillsborough County south of Gibsonton Drive was closed for several hours Thursday night after a wrong-way driver crashed into another vehicle, killing three people. Photo: Florida Highway Patrol

Three people are dead after a man drove the wrong way on a major interstate on Florida’s west coast.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the crash happened southeast of Tampa on I-75 at around 10 p.m. Thursday.

Twenty-one-year-old Justin Lakin was driving north in the southbound lanes in a Toyota Corolla when he crashed into a Fort Focus driven by Lashay Waiters, who was 24.

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Lakin, Waiters and Waiters’ passenger, Yvette Alexandre, were taken to a nearby hospital, where they died. All three people were wearing their seatbelts.

It’s unknown when Lakin began driving the wrong way up the interstate.

The crash is under investigation.

Thanksgiving Night Crash in Tampa Leaves 3 Dead. Twenty-one-year-old Justin Lakin was driving north in the southbound lanes in Tampa on I-75.