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Troopers identify those involved in I-275 cheerleader van crash

TAMPA — The Florida Highway Patrol released the names of those involved in Sunday's van crash on Interstate 275 that sent all 15 passengers and the driver to local hospitals.

At about 1 p.m., Carlisa Wilson, 22, of St. Petersburg, was driving the 1998 Ford van south on I-275, north of Westshore Boulevard, in the center lane. Wilson was driving a group of 15 from the Childs Park Rattlers youth football and cheerleading organization home after a Lakeland competition, authorities said.

Wilson told troopers her right rear tire blew out, and she lost control before the van struck the concrete barrier wall and flipped over.

All 16 people in the van were hospitalized. Troopers said half went to St. Joseph's Hospital and the others were taken to Tampa General Hospital.

FHP identified the passengers as: Tiara Cooper, 12; Angela Collins, 13; Jamesha Harris, 13; Diaminique Jordan, 12; Deasia Land, 11; Erica Lee, 12; Tatiana Martin,11; Kalin Spivey, 13; Bashyala Williams, 11; Teema Cooper, 15; Deosha Dandy, 15; Rashauna Garvy, 13; Tekerra Lambert, 13; Teanna Spinks, 15; and James Boone, whose date of birth was unknown.

The crash remains under investigation.

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