I-4 crash takes life of 16-year-old; closes lanes — Impatient drivers cause more … – The DeLand

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By Pat Andrews

posted Mar 31, 2014 – 11:27:56am

A crash on Interstate 4 near DeLand took the life of a 16-year-old girl Sunday afternoon, March 30, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. The subsequent traffic snarl resulted in more accidents.

The 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 16-year-old girl, whose name has not yet been released, was a passenger in the Jeep.

FHP Sgt. Kim Montes reported that the Nissan was in the center lane, traveling westbound on I-4, and the Jeep was in the left lane. The Nissan changed lanes, resulting in its left side striking the right side of the Jeep. The Jeep then overturned.

Westbound lanes were closed for several hours as the FHP and other responders worked the accident scene.

“Troopers also investigated three other crashes in the same location,” after “impatient and irresponsible drivers also added to the traffic issues by illegally driving on the shoulder to get to the exit,” Montes said.

“This crash remains under investigation,” she said of the accident involving the death.

— Pat@beacononlinenews.com

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