Orlando crash sends car full of teens into retention pond

4 people hospitalized after crash at Curry Ford Road & Cypress Spring Parkway

ORLANDO, Fla. - Four people were sent to the hospital after a two-car crash that sent a car full of teens plowing into a retention pond Thursday evening.

The two cars collided in the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Cypress Spring Parkway. A BMW with five teens inside ran off the road, just barely missed hitting a brick wall and then slammed into the pond.

"I saw them coming. They just went straight through, fast. So, I turned the car, I slammed on the brakes," said Freddy Martinez, 16, who was behind the wheel of the BMW. "I just tried to avoid the stone wall and I just ended up in the lake. Out of nowhere. I couldn't control the steering wheel after I got hit."

The teen thinks at some point, his car flipped. He and four friends were on their way to get dinner, when troopers said the driver of a Mitsubishi SUV failed to stop and turned into oncoming traffic.

Martinez said passersby pulled him from his vehicle because his driver's side door was too badly damaged to escape.

Four people took ambulances to the hospital; the driver of the SUV and three of the five teens in the BMW all had minor injuries.

"I just want to thank God that I'm perfectly fine and my friends are fine as well," said Martinez. "Very lucky that I'm alive."

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