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Says Florida woman who hit 9-foot alligator on I-75, 'Are you kidding me?'

Jennifer Rosinski's Ford Escape struck this alligator as it tried to run across Interstate 75 near North Port in Sarasota Couonty late on Tuesday. [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosinski via Palm Beach Post]

Jennifer Rosinski's Ford Escape struck this alligator as it tried to run across Interstate 75 near North Port in Sarasota Couonty late on Tuesday. [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Rosinski via Palm Beach Post]

SARASOTA — A mother of four escaped serious injury when her SUV hit a 9-foot alligator crossing Interstate 75.

The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 34-year-old lawyer Jennifer Rosinski of Cooper City lost control after hitting the alligator, and the car flipped over multiple times. She somehow escaped with bruises and a cut under her right eye. The alligator wasn't so lucky.

Lt. Gregory S. Bueno told the Palm Beach Post that crashes involving alligators are rare along that stretch of I-75 in southwest Florida.

Rosinsky couldn't believe it. She told the paper she first thought a fox had run in front her vehicle. She said: "I've never been in a significant accident before, and the first one I'm in is car versus alligator!"

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Says Florida woman who hit 9-foot alligator on I-75, 'Are you kidding me?' 05/18/17 [Last modified: Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:32pm]
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