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Two 14-year-olds dead, 1 critically injured following Eustis crash

Investigation is ongoing, police say

EUSTIS, Fla. – The Eustis Police Department responded to a crash Sunday that left two 14-year-olds dead and a third teen seriously injured.

According to police, the crash involved a single vehicle and occurred around 1:10 a.m.

The crash happened in the area of Getford and Hicks Ditch roads, officials said.

Police said one of the teens was driving at the time of the fatal crash.

“At this time two fatalities have been confirmed and one is labeled in critical condition,” investigators said.

Eustis police later identified the victims as Amari Traemaine Bedford, 14, who was the driver, and NY’Juan J. Hodge, 14, who was the front passenger. The third 14-year-old, Torian Harp, remains in critical condition. Police said he was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle.

Friends and family of the victims held a vigil at the crash site Monday evening. Loved ones lit candles and placed balloons in the area.

“No parent should ever have to bury their child,” Cpl. Lauren Brown with The Eustis Police Department said. “14-years-old is very young. Their life was cut short. It is a tremendous tragedy and right now, we feel sad for them.”

Police said the victims' families have been notified. The crash is still under investigation.

No other details were immediately available.


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