An 18-year-old Armwood High School student was killed on Tuesday after an SUV lost control after hitting a speed bump while speeding on Ralston Road, according to deputies. Source.
The 16-year-old driver and another passenger – a 19-year-old – were injured in the crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. This crash occurred at about 11:45 pm near County Line Road.
According to officials, the driver of the SUV was speeding before it ran over a speed bump. After hitting the speed bump, the SUV drove off the road and crashed into a tree, ejecting the 18-year-old passenger. The teen died at the scene of the crash.
Sheriff Chad Chronister gave the following statement following the accident: “Our hearts break for the victim, his family, and especially his friends who now have to live with this traumatic and devastating loss. We lost a young person who had a whole life ahead of them because of one bad decision that could have been avoided.”
Both of the other victims were taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The 16-year-old driver was not believed to be impaired at the time of the crash. He did not have a driver’s license, only a learner’s permit, meaning he was not allowed to drive a vehicle without an adult over the age of 21 in the passenger’s seat.
The names of the victims have not been released. The driver and the teen who was killed were both students at Armwood High School. The 19-year-old was an Armwood High School graduate.
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