Teen dies in crash on I-95 in Brevard County

Car was speeding before the deadly crash, troopers say

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla – A 17-year-old girl died Monday in a two-vehicle crash along I-95 in Brevard County, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened in the northbound lanes near mile marker 117, near Palm Bay Road, at 9 a.m., FHP troopers said.

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A witness told investigators a Kia Optima was speeding and lost control, hitting a van and then leaving the roadway, according to a news release.

The crash report shows the Kia struck the rear of a Ford van before leaving the road and crashing into several trees.

The 20-year-old driver of the Kia Optima is in serious condition. There were two 17-year-old girls, both from Merritt Island, also in the car. One of those teens died at the crash, the other is in critical condition, according to FHP. It’s unknown if the driver or passengers were wearing seatbelts.

The driver of the van hit by the Kia was uninjured, according to the crash report.

Charges are pending against the driver of the Kia.

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