1 of 2 Lutz teens seriously injured in hit-and-run on rural road passes away; charges pending

LUTZ, Fla. - One of two Bay area teens hospitalized with serious injuries has died after the vehicle they were sitting in on a rural Pasco County road was rear-ended by a driver who fled the scene after the early Saturday morning.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver, Matthew John West, 23, of Wesley Chapel, turned himself in at 2:30 p.m. and identified himself as the driver who crashed into the back of a 2003 Nissan SUV around 12:30 a.m.

The report stated Frank Victor Vasquez, 17, and Kaylee Elizabeth Baer, 16, both of Lutz, were sitting in the parked SUV at the time. They were both transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa with serious injuried.

Vasquez has since passed away. Baer remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Their vehicle was at the dead end of Sunlake Boulevard, just inside the Pasco County line, when the vehicle purportedly driven by West slammed into the back of the SUV that was facing north.

The crash forced the SUV to rotate counter-clockwise and overturn onto its side. West's vehicle also overturned and he fled the scene, he allegedly told FHP.

After fleeing the scene, West turned himself into the Pasco County Jail at 2:30 p.m., but no charges have been filed against West by FHP, pending an investigation.

An FHP official said charges are pending as they continue investigating what exactly happened leading up to and after the crash.

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