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Tampa teen dies in North Florida wreck

TAMPA —A teenage girl from Tampa died and another was injured after a crash on Interstate 10 in north Florida on Friday night, authorities said.

Amanda Pierce, 18, a senior at H. B. Plant High School, died late Saturday. She had been on life support, but had been declared brain dead earlier in the day, according to her sister, Jessica, 19, a student at Florida State.

Amanda Pierce and fellow Plant student Taylor Lazzara, 18, were driving to Tallahassee on Friday night to see Jessica Pierce, according to Plant High School principal Rob Nelson.

Pierce and Lazzara had been headed west on I-10 in Jefferson County about 9:50 Friday night, according to the Florida Highway Patrol, when they came up to traffic stopped by another wreck. Pierce swerved the 2001 Acura to the right, and the car spun as it left the roadway and hit a tree along the shoulder. Both Pierce and Lazzara were wearing their seat belts, the patrol said, and they were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare.

Lazzara suffered serious injuries, but will survive, Nelson said.

Plant High is on break, but when classes resume March 18 grief counselors will be available for students, Nelson said.

"Amanda was a great kid," he said. "Always happy, always smiling. If you wanted to brighten your day, you'd go see Amanda."

Tampa teen dies in North Florida wreck 03/09/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 9, 2013 10:27pm]

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