A Santa Rosa County man was killed Thursday while attempting to merge with traffic on Interstate 10.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol news release, Michael Portillo, 26, of Gulf Breeze, was on the entry ramp to I-10 off Pine Forest Road near Pensacola at the time of the fatal accident.

As Portillo was attempting to merge with highway traffic, his 2004 Toyota Tacoma pickup began to rotate clockwise toward the grassy shoulder of the roadway and a treeline. The driver's side of the pickup collided with a tree.

Portillo, who was wearing a seatbelt, was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola where he was pronounced dead.

FHP noted that alcohol was not related with the accident.