1 teen killed, 3 injured in crash on US-27 in Clermont

Police investigate fatal wreck near Hooks Street

CLERMONT, Fla. – One teenage boy was killed and three others were injured early Tuesday in a crash on U.S. Highway 27 in Clermont, police said.

The fatal crash was reported at 2:30 a.m. on southbound U.S. 27 at Hooks Street. The teens were all 13 or 14 years old, according to police.

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Clermont police said it’s believed one of the teens took a family car, a Toyota Corolla, without his parents' consent before becoming involved in a crash with a Penske box truck. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

Police said one passenger of the Toyota was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the car and another passenger suffered critical injuries, and the other teen had life-threatening injuries, officials said.

The victims, three of whom are from Lake County, were taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center and Arnold Palmer Hospital. The fourth teen is possibly from Polk County, police said.

Two men in the truck were not injured and were cooperating with police during the investigation.

Southbound lanes of the highway were closed in the area.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 352-536-8421.

Police initially said the teens ranged in age from 13 to 15.

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