Drunk Driving Accident Kills Teenager in North Port, Florida
NORTH PORT, FL. – According to a news report posted online at abcactionnews.com, an alleged drunk driving accident killed a teenager in North Port, Florida. The accident involved more than a dozen people in total, all of whom were riding in or on top of a single vehicle.*
The North Port Police department states that 13 people were inside of a 2010 Toyota SUV, with at least one person riding on the roof of the vehicle. Officers and the ABC report say that the driver of the Toyota, a 19-year-old girl, was intoxicated.
While traveling on Joewood Circle, the driver attempted to travel around a curve and lost control of the SUV. The vehicle crashed and rolled over. ABC and police say a 17-year-old girl was ejected from the vehicle during the collision, and she tragically died at the scene.
Several other passengers were injured. ABC reports that another 17-year-old girl was treated at a local hospital and released. A 19-year-old male required surgery for injuries at Sarasota Memorial, according to the report, and a 13-year-old passenger was being treated at a hospital in Tampa, Florida, for non-life threatening injuries.
The names of the victims have not been released. Officials confirmed that the girl who died and some of the other people involved in the accident attended North Port High School. Grief counselors are scheduled to be at the school.
ABC reports that the driver of the Toyota has been charged with several crimes, including driving under the influence manslaughter (one count) and driving under the influence personal injury (three counts). She was booked into the Sarasota County Jail.
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