Stephanie Carroll, an 18-year-old Lakeland woman, died in a car accident Saturday night after a driver lost control of a pickup truck on Interstate 4.
Five Lakeland teenagers were riding in a Ford truck eastbound on Interstate 4 at about 7 p.m., according to a news release from the Florida Highway Patrol.
As he headed underneath the Interstate 75 interchange, driver Ruben Ramirez, 17 of Lakeland, lost control of the truck. It’s unclear why, the release said.
The truck veered off the left side of the road and into the center guardrail, the release said. The truck flipped, then came to a stop along the westbound half of the interstate.
Ramirez suffered serious injuries in the crash. Three of the passengers — Tristen Green, 19; Kira Barclay, 17 and Raemond Ramirez, 16 — sustained minor injuries. Ramirez and Barclay were taken to Tampa General Hospital to have their wounds treated.
Carroll was also taken to Tampa General Hospital, the release said. She died from injuries suffered in the accident.
All five in the truck were wearing seatbelts, the release said, and alcohol is not suspected to have been a factor. Charges in the accident are pending.