17-year-old Leesburg High School senior dies in crash, officials say

2 other teens, baby injured in wreck

By Jack Roskopp - Graham Media Group

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. - A 17-year-old girl was killed and three others were injured Sunday in a Sumter County crash, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Troopers said Jakeila Young, a senior at Leesburgh High School, died in the crash. Two other teens and a baby were hurt, the FHP said.

The FHP said Young was driving south on County Road 221 when it swerved off the road and onto the east side of the shoulder. According to authorities, the vehicle hit a tree and Young was killed. Authorities are not sure why the vehicle went off the road. 

The middle school that Young attended, Carver Middle School, released a statement on the tragedy:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our former student, Jakeila Young, who was a senior at Leesburg High, who was killed last night in a car accident. Leesburg High will have grief counselors on campus this week to help students and faculty cope with this loss.

"Our prayers also go out to the family of our former student Jhamoni Hallback, a freshman at Leesburg High, who was also involved and survived but is fighting for her life. Let's remember all those affected by this."

 

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