Its that old chestnut again. Man hits giant lizard with his car and dies because the gator is apparently bigger and tougher than the vehicle.
A Florida man died after crashing his car into a massive 11-foot alligator in a roadway early Thursday, authorities said. That is a big lizard.
John Hopkins, 59, was driving eastbound on County Road 672 in Lithia at about 12:30 a.m. when his vehicle plowed into the huge reptile in the middle of the road, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
Hopkins’ car veered off the road and overturned in a nearby ditch. A passing motorist spotted the wreck and called 911, sheriff’s spokesman Marco Villarreal told The Post.
Responding deputies pronounced Hopkins dead at the scene. The 11-foot alligator also died in the wild wreck, sheriff’s officials said. I guess his family can take some comfort in the alligator buying the rice paddy.
An investigation is ongoing and officials may release footage of deputies as they arrived at the crash site, Villarreal said. What the hell is there to investigate? If the gator was on drugs or suicidal?
Hopkins lived in Lithia, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
Villarreal said it’s unclear where the alligator came from,(the swamp?) but the crash site is about 2 miles west of 6,312-acre Alafia River State Park, where the apex predators are known to roam, the Miami Herald reported.
Florida has an estimated 1.3 million alligators that can be found in all of its 67 counties, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The longest gator ever recorded in the state was 14 feet, 3 1/2 inches, while the record weight is 1,043 pounds, the state agency said.
We all know that fucking, Vlad Putin caused this.