PLANT CITY — A 19-year-old died and two other teens were seriously injured when a tire blew on their sport utility vehicle, sending the car rolling on Interstate 4 near Plant City.
Miguel Javier Figueroa Marzan of Longwood, Fla., was a passenger in the Ford Explorer as it headed east on I-4 about 4 a.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. As the car approached Exit 22, near N Park Road, the right rear tire blew.
The driver, Marcus Anthony Grubb, 19, of St. Petersburg, lost control of the vehicle, which veered onto the median and overturned several times before coming to rest on its right side near the westbound lanes, troopers said.
Figueroa Marzan and another passenger, Kezra C. Johnson, 18, of Pinellas Park, both of whom were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the vehicle, troopers said.
All three were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Figueroa Marzan died just after noon, authorities said. Grubb and Johnson remained hospitalized.