Officials with the Florida Highway Patrol say it was a mix of carelessness and high speed that caused a wreck that left three teenage girls seriously and critically injured after the vehicle they were traveling in overturned last night.
The incident happened in the area of Hunting Club Avenue and Shetland Street in Hendry County. According to a report of the incident, the three girls were traveling in a 2014 KIA Forte at approximately 11:19 p.m., moving at a high rate of speed, when the driver lost control of the car.
Megan Whitehead, 17, of Clewiston, who is listed as the driver of the car, was unable to control the car as it left the paved portion of the roadway for reasons that remain unknown. The car then became airborne, struck a canal embankment, and then overturned before coming to a final rest.
Whitehead was transported to Hendry Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Her two passengers, Regan A. Roberts, 16, of Clewiston, and Kendra B. Johnson, 17, of Mount Dora, were both taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with critical injuries.
All three girls were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, according to FHP. Investigators say the incident was not alcohol related.
FHP is reporting that it will pursue charges of careless driving and violation of drivers license restrictions in this case.