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Tampa teen, 16, dies of injuries after weekend crash

Carlos Medina lost control of his vehicle and crashed after trying to pass another vehicle in a no-passing zone, according to Tampa police.

TAMPA — A 16-year-old driver who was injured in a crash this past weekend died of his injuries on Monday, according to police.

Carlos Medina was rushed after the Saturday crash to Tampa General Hospital, where he underwent surgery. He was pronounced dead on Monday afternoon, according to Tampa police.

The crash was reported at 1:38 p.m. Saturday. Medina was traveling at a “high rate of speed” on S Davis Boulevard, police said, when he attempted to pass a vehicle in front of him in a no-passing zone.

Carlos Medina is seen in this undated photo from Facebook.com. [ Facebook.com ]

Medina lost control of his vehicle, police said. His vehicle spun and struck a curb, and then the driver’s side crashed into a light pole, police said. The vehicle ended up on its passenger side.

A passenger riding with Medina was not injured in the crash. Tampa police did not say whether Medina and the passenger were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Medina was a junior at Plant High School where he swam for the boys’ swim team, said his coach Royce Brown. The 16-year-old also swam for the Greater Tampa Swim Association, where his mother is a coach, according to an online fundraiser.

Times staff writer Jack Evans contributed to this report.

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