It’s very sad when young teens have to say goodbye to one of their own after a car crash. That’s what happened in Satellite Beach, Florida where friends of Darren Devoe, 16, remembered him Tuesday morning, September 14, in a memorial service, an article on FloridaToday.com stated.
Devoe died Sunday, September 12, when he was a passenger in a car driven by his friend Jason Duprey. It was Duprey’s 17th birthday the morning of the crash. The 1993 Toyota was northbound on State Road A1A about 6:40 a.m. Sunday, September 12, when it hit a concrete utility pole. Duprey went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The teens marked the utility pole with flowers and held their memorial service at the site.
Our condolences go out to all of the friends and family of this young man who certainly left this world too soon. Devoe’s 17th birthday was Thursday, September 16. Friends say he always had a smile on his face.
Florida has a graduated drivers license rules that delay obtaining a license until the age of 16. The Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection, (STAND UP Act), proposes raising the age of obtaining a learners permit to 16 and delaying an unrestricted driver’s license until the teen turns at least 18.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that raising the age to obtain a permit would reduce fatalities among 15 to 17 year olds by about 13%. When tougher restrictions were imposed in Massachusetts, the fatality rate dropped 75% and injuries fell 38% according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
IIHS finds that half of parents surveyed support raising the minimum learners permit age.
Florida fatal car crash attorneys would once again like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this teen.