'Despondent' driver caused crash that killed puppy

Posted at 2:17 PM, Jul 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-07 14:17:08-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Police in Florida say a heartbroken driver intentionally crashed his vehicle, causing a five-car pileup that injured two people and killed a puppy.
In an email, Tampa Police Lt. Ricardo Ubinas said the driver was "despondent over a recent breakup" and intentionally veered into a concrete median early Saturday.
Five other vehicles then collided with his car in a chain-reaction crash.
Ubinas said two people in the other vehicles were hospitalized with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.
A 2-month-old puppy riding as a passenger in one of the other vehicles died in the crash.
Ubinas said police took the despondent driver to a hospital for a mental health examination under the Baker Act.
The driver's name was not released. It was not immediately clear whether charges were pending.

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