This is a sad story to report out of St. Mary’s, Florida. Two teenagers died and four others were injured when they crashed and rolled their Ford SUV on Sunday, February 6 around 11:30 a.m. on Interstate 4 north of Orlando. The Orlando Sentinel reports that the crash occurred near the Lake Mary exit. The 2003 Ford SUV was being driven by a 17-year-old high school female and her 19-year-old passenger, who was her boyfriend. Both were killed when the SUV swerved toward the shoulder of the road and then overturned ejecting both teens from the vehicle. Neither was wearing a seat belt. Three other teens in the vehicle received minor injuries and an 18-year-old female passenger was critically injured.
All of the teens either attended or had graduated from Boone High School and were part of a close circle of friends who were on their way to New Smyrna Beach. The FHP has no idea why the female driver would lose control of the vehicle but an investigation is underway.
This is a particularly tragic story for the families of all of the teens involved, especially the two killed as they had dated for many years and are described as good kids who were well liked. Our sincere condolences are extended to the friends and families of the deceased and we wish a speedy recovery for those injured.
A total of 4,054 teenagers ages 13-19 lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in 2008, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That number represents a 54% drop from 1975 and 19% drop from 2007.
Auto accidents remain the leading cause of death for teenagers. That’s one of the reasons that 46 states, including the District of Columbia, have graduated license programs for new teen drivers, which are believed to be responsible for a 10 to 30% reduction in teen crashes, according to federal statistics.
If you or your teenager is involved in an auto accident in Florida, the experienced Florida car crash lawyers at Farah & Farah can help you during this difficult time. Call us and we can get started by offering you a complimentary consultation on your accident to explore your legal options.