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Teen critically hurt in I-4 crash near DeLand is identified
FHP says impatient drivers caused three more crashes at scene
By Pat Andrews
posted Mar 31, 2014 - 6:17:36pm
A crash on Interstate 4 near DeLand critically injured a 17-year-old girl Sunday afternoon, March 30, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.
The subsequent traffic snarl resulted in more accidents.
"Troopers also investigated three other crashes in the same location," FHP Sgt. Kim Montes said, adding "impatient and irresponsible drivers also added to the traffic issues by illegally driving on the shoulder to get to the exit."
The initial crash occurred at 5:05 p.m. near Mile Marker 114, when a 2005 Nissan driven by Jean-Claude Baker, 20, of Orange City, collided with a 2006 Jeep driven by Kaley Terry, 19, of Winter Park.
The 17-year-old girl, a passenger in the Jeep driven by Terry, was later identified by the FHP as Brandy Howard of Tangerine. She was wearing a seat belt, according to the FHP.
A spokeswoman at Halifax Health Medical Center said Howard was in critical condition Monday afternoon.
Montes said the Nissan was in the center lane, traveling westbound on I-4, and the Jeep was in the left lane, also headed west. The Nissan changed lanes, striking the right side of the Jeep with the left side of the Nissan, the FHP said. The Jeep then overturned.
The interstate highway's westbound lanes were closed for several hours as the FHP and other responders worked the crash scene.
"This crash remains under investigation," Montes said, adding that charges are pending against Baker.
Editor's note: Earlier today, www.beacononlinenews.com reported that the 17-year-old girl had died in the crash. The Beacon regrets the error.
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