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2 teen passengers dead after alcohol-related crash on I-275, troopers say

A Camry carrying three Pinellas teenagers crashed into trees off an exit ramp, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

ST. PETERSBURG — Two teenage passengers died in an alcohol-related crash on I-275 Saturday morning, troopers reported. Their driver, an 18-year-old woman, also suffered serious injuries.

About 6:21 a.m., Erinasha Jones, 18, was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry northbound on I-275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Also in the car were Keeoshia Edwards, 17, and Jiana Minaya, 16.

Jones, of St. Petersburg, was affected by alcohol, troopers reported.

In another vehicle heading the same way, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado, 38-year-old Ernesto Leon was driving Juan Alvarez, 33. The men, from Bradenton and Palmetto, were uninjured.

As the Camry approached the ramp for the 22nd Avenue N exit, Jones attempted to move from the center lane to the right lane, into the Silverado’s path, troopers said. The car’s passenger side hit the pickup truck’s driver side.

The car carrying the three teenagers spun out and went off the shoulder of the exit ramp, crashing into two trees, according to the report.

Responders took all three to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg. The men in the pickup truck were not taken to the hospital.

Edwards, who was from St. Petersburg, and Minaya, from Clearwater, died at the hospital, according to the report. And Jones, the driver, lived, but suffered serious injuries.

Charges are pending, according to the report.

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