CLEARWATER, Fla. — A 19-year-old man suffered serious injuries early Thursday when he was ejected from a vehicle during a US Highway 19 crash in Clearwater. 

  • US 19 crash
  • Man, 19, ejected in crash; suffered serious injuries
  • Crash blocked US 19 traffic for several hours
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According to Clearwater police, Hextor Armando Bonilla of Clearwater lost control of his 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe while driving in the southbound lanes of US 19 just after 4 a.m. 

Officers said the Hyundai slammed into a divider at the Seville Boulevard exit and then spun off and traveled across all lanes of the highway before crashing into the concrete median separating northbound and southbound lanes. 

Bonilla was ejected through the windshield. 

He was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg as a trauma alert but his injuries are now not thought to be life-threatening. 

Two female passengers, ages 19 and 23, were taken to Morton Plant Hospital with injuries thought to be minor. 

Police said speed was a likely factor in the crash. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

The crash thwarted traffic on north and southbound US 19 for several hours Thursday morning. The roadway was cleared before 8 a.m.