PALM HARBOR — Four teenagers riding in the back of a pickup were seriously hurt Thursday night when the truck collided with an SUV, the Florida Highway Patrol said.
The crash was reported about 9:30 p.m. at the intersection of Alt. U.S. 19 and Crystal Beach Avenue. A Ford F-150, driven by 17-year-old Vincent Michael Iacono, was eastbound on Crystal Beach Avenue with four teenagers in the bed of the pickup.
According to the FHP, Iacono pulled into the path of a southbound Toyota RAV4 driven by Beyda Luz Torres, 41. Three of the four teenagers riding in the back of the pickup were ejected by the impact. Kaycie Leigh Adams, 17, of Safety Harbor, Adam Carswell Short, 17, of Palm Harbor, and Justina Marie Grubba, 17, of Safety Harbor, were taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point with serious injuries.
Kyle Christopher Olsen, 17, of Crystal Beach, was flown to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg with serious injuries.
Iacono was cited for failing to yield to an oncoming vehicle and for traveling with passengers who weren't wearing seat belts. He and the other driver were not hurt.
An investigation continued Friday.