Engine ripped from car in violent crash that killed 1, hurt 2 others, Florida cops say

One man was killed and two other people were injured when a car veered into oncoming traffic and caused a violent crash, Florida deputies say.

Thomas Holloway, 49, was driving his Kia Soul on Ewell Road outside Lakeland on Oct. 26 when he drifted out of his lane for “unknown reasons,” the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in an Oct. 27 news release.

The Kia crossed the center line and then sideswiped a Chevrolet Silverado truck, driven by a 53-year-old man, deputies said.

The man’s truck was followed by a Hyundai Sonata, driven by a 26-year-old woman, deputies said.

Holloway’s Kia hit the Hyundai as he passed the truck “with enough force that the Kia’s engine became completely detached,” the sheriff’s office said.

When emergency personnel arrived, Holloway was found dead in his car, according to the release.

The other drivers were taken to the hospital for undisclosed injuries, deputies said.

All three drivers were wearing their seat belts, according to the release.

The investigation is ongoing, but deputies said they do not expect to file any charges.

“Tommy was our nursing school tutor at Polk and he was always so kind and helpful,” Christen Marie Betz, who says she is a student at Polk State College, wrote on Facebook. “It’s going to be weird not seeing him in the lab next semester. Prayers for his wife and daughter.”

Holloway was a resident of Plant City, about 25 miles east of Tampa.

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