ZEPHYRHILLS — Authorities on Monday identified the victim of a fatal car accident early Saturday as 15-year-old Holly Robbins of Clearwater.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, which is investigating the accident, Robbins was a front-seat passenger in a 2002 Chevrolet driven by Leah Nicole Slagle, 18, of Dade City.
At about 2:50 a.m., Slagle was eastbound on Wire Road when she drove onto the shoulder near U.S. 301. When Slagle tried to steer back onto the road, she overcorrected and drove into a ditch before hitting a tree, according to a preliminary crash report.
Robbins, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Slagle, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in critical condition. A hospital spokesperson said there was no information available on Slage's condition.
The investigation is ongoing. According to the report, alcohol may have been a factor and charges are pending.