A teenager was killed and two others were injured in a collision that happened when the sixteen-year-old driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office informs.
The police haven’t released the names of the three teens. One of the teens, an eighteen-year-old Armwood High School student, was killed at the scene. The others, a sixteen-year-old driver, an Armwood, and a nineteen-year-old Armwood graduate, were taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital.
The teen driver had a learner’s permit, which under Florida law, means the driver can only get drive if there’s a person twenty-one years of age or older in the front passenger seat. This law is imperative for parents to make sure their teenaged children know the dangers and rules of the road.
According to deputies, the sixteen-year-old was speeding in a 2004 Ford Expedition, driving in the eastbound lanes of Ralston Road. As the SUV approached County Line Road, it crashed a speed bump and the driver lost control. The SUV went off the roadway and hit a tree.
The eighteen-year-old was thrown from the SUV and the nineteen-year-old, who was in the right rear seat, ended up with non-life-threatening injuries.
Deputies said that they do not believe alcohol or drugs were factors for the crash. The investigation continues.
Speeding is often a reason for deadly accidents. When driving above the speed limit, the driver loses control over the vehicle. If they have to stop abruptly, the vehicle will continue moving, which often leads to crashing into another vehicle or object.
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