Students Die in Car Crash

Three Pensacola high school students were killed and another was injured when the driver lost control of their car Tuesday and spun into the path of a pickup truck.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the blue Nissan carrying the four students was speeding westbound on a road when the driver lost control of the car as it went into the eastbound lane, careened into soft dirt along the road and then spun into an eastbound pickup carrying two people.

Killed in the crash were 19-year-old Neftali Rodriguez, the driver of the car, and 16-year-old passengers Nathaniel Martinez and Clarence Lewis. Fifteen-year-old Jeremy Jones was airlifted to Baptist Hospital and was in critical condition.

The teens were students at Pine Forest High School.

The driver of the pickup suffered minor injuries. The passenger was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital. Troopers described his injuries as serious.

FHP officials say the students' car was traveling over the posted speed limit and none of the students were wearing a seat belt.


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