NAPLES, Fla. - Two Florida teenagers were killed, and three other teens seriously injured when a pickup truck overturned and ejected several passengers Sunday night in the median of the Alligator Alley section of Interstate 75.
The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-75 near mile marker 92 in eastern Collier County.
For unknown reasons, a 1997 Dodge pickup driven by Nickolas Wagy, 18, of Weston, entered the unpaved median while traveling eastbound in the inside lane of the interstate. The truck overturned and ejected several passengers, who were not wearing seatbelts, the Florida Highway Patrol reports.
Killed in the crash were Sasha Abitante, 18, and Juan Zambrano, 17, both of Weston. Critically injured were Dylan Delgado, 18, and Brian Corbet, 18, both of Fort Lauderdale, FHP reports show.
Passenger Gabriel Fernandez, 18, also of Weston, was seriously injured in the crash and taken with Delgado to NCH Hospital in Naples. Corbet was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital. The driver, the only occupant of the vehicle wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries and was treated at the scene, reports show.
Reports show that when the pickup first entered the median, the driver steered the truck back to the right, but overcorrected. He then steered it back to the left, but overcorrected and steered it right again, rotating the vehicle clockwise in the unpaved median.
Charges are pending in the crash, according to the FHP report.
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