3 teenage boys killed in Immokalee crash, 4th boy survives

IMMOKALEE, Fla. - Just before 11 p.m. on Halloween, four teenage boys from Immokalee were cruising along in a Ford Mustang.

Then the car swerved off the road, hit a culvert and landed, overturned, on its roof. Three of the four boys were killed. One survived and is being treated at Lee Memorial for serious injuries suffered in the one-vehicle rollover crash.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers didn't disclose what type of injuries Lamorris Hall, 16, the youngest of the teens, is being treated for. He was one of two passengers wearing his seatbelt.

The other boy who was wearing his seatbelt was Joseph Daguerre Jr., 17, who died in the accident.

The driver, Jacob Garibay, 17, was not wearing his seatbelt; he was killed in the crash.

Another passenger, Gerardo Ruiz, 17, was not wearing his seatbelt and died in the collision, according to a FHP report.

Authorities said the cause of the crash is pending a blood alcohol content analysis of the driver.

All of the teens were students at Immokalee High School, a campus ravaged by too many student deaths in the past few years; where many students have "funeral attire" -- clothes they set aside to wear when a friend is buried.

Since May 2011, 10 students have died, Principal Mary Murray told the Daily News in March.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Murray, an education veteran of 20 years.

There has been no common thread to the deaths — four students died in car crashes, two brothers drowned, a young couple was killed in a murder-suicide and one Special Olympics athlete collapsed during a game and died of heart problems. Part of the difficulty for administrators is that there is no trend they can identify and work toward correcting.

"It's not as easy as if it were all drugs or all gang violence," Murray said. "It's a potpourri of things."

Check back for more information as it becomes available.

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