Teens crash stolen car, injure woman in Venice

VENICE, Fla. — Teens behind the wheel of a stolen car went airborne and crashed into the car of a 61-year old woman, according to FHP.

A 16-year-old driving a stolen SUV caused the accident, according to FHP reports, which sent four people to the hospital Sunday.

The 16-year-old driver from Nokomis lost control of the 2004 Ford Expedition on US-41 Bypass where it intersects Regency Square shopping center near Via Venito.

According to reports, that teen hit a curb just after 3:30 p.m., flipped and landed on top of another car with 61-year-old Mona Quinn of Osprey inside. A witness told FHP Troopers that the speeding SUV flipped and crossed into oncoming traffic. Quinn was taken to the hospital.

The 16-year- old driver and his two passengers, two boys ages 13 and 14, were also taken to the hospital.

FHP says the SUV the teens were in was reported stolen on June 4.

Witnesses say the crash was "horrific".

ABC Action News found out there have been 39 crashes at the intersection, with 18 deaths and one fatality, over the past three years.

Ryan Broy, who works near the area explained, “It’s like every other day there is an accident, it’s getting worse and worse. It’s ridiculous!"

Paul Brasacchio agrees, “It’s mind boggling and I see it regularly here.”

Several nearby business owners witnessed the crash, including Rick Kloss. “It sounded almost like a train crash. You hear boom and then there was dust and smoke flying everywhere.”

All three business owners are pushing for safety upgrades at the intersection, including the possibility of a traffic signal or limitations on left hand turns out of the shopping plazas.

 

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