Unlicensed driver, 14, crashes car, killing her mother, sister

HOMELAND, Fla. - UPDATE: As of 9:00 a.m., no information was given on the 14-year-old girl's condition from the hospital.

A 14-year-old driver from Fort Meade turned into the path of another vehicle, causing a three-car crash. The teen's mother and younger sister both died in the accident. The teen is in critical condition.

Deputies say the 14-year-old was driving a white 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt northbound on US 17 in Homeland, which is located between Bartow and Fort Meade. She attempted a left turn CR 640, directly into the path of a silver 2005 Dodge Caravan that heading south on US 17.
The collision caused the Dodge to roll and land on its driver's side. The driver, 77-year-old Doris Foust of Fort Meade, and her 80-year-old husband Richard Foust, who was sitting in front passenger seat passenger, were taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

After the initial crash, the two cars then impacted a red 2001 Toyota Corolla that was attempting to make a turn from CR 640 southbound onto US 17.

The driver of the Toyota, 56-year-old Martha Criswell of Fort Meade, was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center for minor injuries.

The 14-year-old driver  was airlifted to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The front seat passenger, her 42-year-old mother, was taken to Bartow Regional Medical Center in extremely critical condition. Unfortunately, the woman died at the hospital.

The Cobalt's rear seat passenger, the teen driver's 8-year-old sister, died at the scene.

Sheriff Grady Judd said, "Unfortunately, a 14-year-old unlicensed teenager was driving a car and turned left on a green light into the path of another car, which subsequently resulted in the deaths of her mother and her sister. This is a tragic situation, and our thoughts and prayers are with the (withheld) family."

The investigation is ongoing.

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