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Armwood High student killed after being ejected from SUV

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that two other teens were injured in the crash, including the 16-year-old driver of the SUV.
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Published Sep. 2, 2020|Updated Sep. 2, 2020

PLANT CITY — An 18-year-old Armwood High School student was killed in a crash Tuesday when an SUV lost control on Ralston Road after hitting a speed bump while speeding, deputies said.

Two other teens were injured in the crash, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, including the 16-year-old driver of the 2004 Ford Expedition. The crash happened around 11:45 p.m. near County Line Road.

The Sheriff’s Office said the Expedition was “speeding” before it struck a speed bump, ran off the road and then hit a tree, ejecting the 18-year-old passenger. The teen, whose name has not been released by deputies, died at the scene.

“Our hearts break for the victim, his family, and especially his friends who now have to live with this traumatic and devastating loss,” Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. “We lost a young person who had a whole life ahead of them because of one bad decision that could have been avoided.”

Both the 16-year-old driver and another passenger, who is 19, were taken to South Florida Baptist Hospital. Neither had life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

The Sheriff’s Office said it does not believe the 16-year-old was impaired at the time of the crash. The driver only had a learner’s permit, however, which does not allow teens to drive without an adult that’s 21 years or older in the passenger’s seat.

“This law exists for a reason and it’s imperative for parents to make sure their teen understands the dangers and rules of the road,” Chronister said.

The Sheriff’s Office also did not release the names of the two teens who survived the crash. The 16-year-old is a current Armwood High School student and the 19-year-old was a recent graduate.

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