4:30 p.m. update: The body has been identified as Hiran Reis Vaz, 53, of Tampa. The Florida Highway Patrol said the crash is still under investigation.

1:30 p.m. update: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit has located the remains of a male near the Howard Frankland Bridge.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The search for the driver involved in Wednesday's Howard Frankland Bridge crash continued today in Tampa Bay.

  • Search continues for driver in Wednesday's Howard Frankland Bridge crash
  • Vehicle into water off Howard Frankland bridge
  • 2-vehicle crash, 1 vehicle into Tampa Bay
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The crash happened just after 7 a.m. Wednesday on the southbound lanes, Pinellas County side of the bridge, ending with a vehicle in the water.

St. Pete Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene and multiple boats began a search. Divers located the white SUV but no driver.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the SUV was traveling southbound in a reckless manner when it changed lanes and hit the front of a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The SUV rotated after impact, overturned multiple times and flipped into the water. 

The driver of the Ford was not seriously injured. 

Crews searched for 12 hours Wednesday.