YANKEETOWN, FLA. ‒ A 51-year-old Hawthorne man was killed on Saturday, April 1, when his vehicle drove off the end of the road and into the Gulf of Mexico.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the man was driving a 2002 Ford Mustang at a high rate of speed on County Road 40 at about 9:08 p.m. For unknown reasons, he failed to stop at the boat ramp at the end of the road.

The car sank into the water, and the driver was transported to Seven Rivers Hospital in Citrus County, where he was pronounced deceased.

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