Four Seriously Hurt After Crashing Car Into Pole While Fleeing Deputies
INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Four people were seriously hurt after a 16-year-old driver fled deputies and crashed into a light pole over the weekend.
The driver and three passengers, ages 15, 19 and 20, were all taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute in Fort Pierce with serious injuries, a sheriff’s report shows. Updates on their conditions were not immediately available.
The driver was charged with felony of fleeing and eluding, deputies said.
The incident unfolded about 10 p.m. Saturday. An Indian River County patrol deputy spotted a black Kia Soul traveling at high speed with no lights in the 1900 block of 14th Street Southwest, reports show.
The deputy activated emergency lights on the patrol car in an attempt to conduct a traffic stop. The Kia driver continued traveling in the residential neighborhood.
The driver eventually lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a light pole on a dirt road in the 1300 block of 11th Court Southwest, reports show.
One passenger said he and two other occupants screamed at the driver to stop the vehicle prior to the crash, deputies said. Indian River County Fire Rescue took all four patients to a trauma center in Fort Pierce.
A K-9 Deputy searched the Kia and found a clear plastic bag containing marijuana, reports show. Deputies said it was unclear who owned the bag since multiple items in the car were tossed around upon impact from the crash.
Attorney Jason Weisser of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck responded to distracted driving. “In my many years as a Personal Injury Lawyer I’ve helped many victims that were injured because someone was distracted and crashed into their vehicles. If you’ve been injured by someone because they weren’t paying attention to the road, please call me so I can help you get compensation for your damages.”
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