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Parrish man dies after medical episode causes crash in Publix parking lot

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A 65-year-old Parrish man died Monday after his sedan went out of control during a medical episode in the Publix at Lakewood Ranch Gateway parking lot just off the corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 64.

The incident happened just before 1 p.m. The vehicle was traveling west within the parking lot when the driver experienced the medical episode, traveled toward the Wells Fargo Bank, went out of control over a raised sidewalk, and collided with a tree and shrubs.

The driver was transported to an area hospital, where he died. 

The Florida Highway patrol didn't reveal the man's identity and had no other information.

The crash remains under investigation.



Jay Heater

Jay Heater is the managing editor of the East County Observer. Overall, he has been in the business more than 41 years, 26 spent at the Contra Costa Times in the San Francisco Bay area as a sportswriter covering college football and basketball, boxing and horse racing.

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