Alligator blamed for 2 crashes

Big alligator killed on Interstate 275

Published On: Jun 18 2012 06:55:15 AM EDT   Updated On: Jun 18 2012 06:57:08 AM EDT

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.