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Florida teens killed in traffic accident

A fatal traffic accident in Citrus County left two teens dead and one injured on April 28. The one-vehicle accident happened at night after the driver made several erratic lane changes.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the 18-year-old female driver lost control of the vehicle as she was headed north on US-19, close to North Champion Point. As a result, the vehicle went off the highway, hitting a traffic sign and then crashing against a tree.

An 18-year-old female passenger was declared dead at the scene of the incident. Another passenger, a 15-year-old male, was seriously injured and taken to Shands Hospital for treatment. The driver was transported to Seven Rivers Hospital, where she later succumbed to the injuries suffered in the crash. Police are still investigating possible factors for the incident, including alcohol use, which can be a factor in many motor vehicle accidents. Additionally, police report that neither of the two passengers was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

In cases similar to this, a victim of the incident might seek to recover damages incurred as a result of the accident. The victim might seek the guidance of a lawyer with experience in personal injury cases, who might help the victim file a claim for damages and gather the evidence necessary to support it. Evidence might include police reports of the accident, any records of arrests made in connection to the incident and witness accounts of the event. Additionally, a lawyer might also explain what the state laws are regarding these claims and what types of damages the victim might receive if the claim is successful. A lawyer might also represent the victim in negotiations with the liable driver's insurance company.

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