ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) _ An alligator is being blamed for causing two crashes in St. Petersburg.
The Florida Highway Patrol says Bruce Foley struck a 12-foot alligator crossing Interstate 275 with his 2012 Toyota sedan early Sunday.
The gator escaped into the woods but emerged about a half hour later.
Authorities say the alligator attempted to cross the interstate again but was struck by a second vehicle, a 2004 Kia driven by Verna Christopherson.
This time the alligator sustained fatal injuries.
The remains were removed by a trapper.
Neither driver was injured in the collisions, though both cars were damaged.