No License, No Seat Belts In Crash That Injured Four Teens Saturday Night, FHP Says

May 20, 2024

The Florida Highway Patrol says teens injured in a crash Saturday night in Century were not wearing seat belts, and the driver did not have a driver’s license.

The vehicle crashed into a tree just before 10 p.m. in the 1100 block of Fannie Road, just north of Campbell Road.

Troopers said Monday afternoon that a red 2010 Dodge Charger was traveling south on Fannie Road when the driver failed to maintain control of the vehicle, collided with a guardrail. Subsequently, the vehicle bounced off the guardrail and traveled southbound in the northbound lane until colliding with a tree on the northbound shoulder.

The driver was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital by Escambia County EMS. The front right passenger and the rear left passenger were flown to Sacred Heart Hospital by two separate helicopters. The other passenger
remained on scene and was turned over to a parent.

FHP said all four occupants were not wearing their seatbelt during the collision.

“Originally, the driver and front passenger gave false official statements to Troopers but then told the truth,” FHP said, adding that the driver, a 16-year-old, female rom Perdido, Alabama, did not have a driver’s license.

The driver was issued citations for driving without a valid license and not wearing a seatbelt and careless driving. The front passenger was also cited for not wearing a seatbelt.

The passengers in the vehicle were two 16-year-old males from Flomaton and a 15-year-old male from Century. file photo, click to enlarge.


10 Responses to “No License, No Seat Belts In Crash That Injured Four Teens Saturday Night, FHP Says”

  1. sam on May 25th, 2024 10:15 am

    16 is too early for a drivers license. their brains are still developing, their common sense is still years away.

  2. Mike J. on May 24th, 2024 10:48 am

    Randola, I knew enough sense at 16 to not do anything that would get other people seriously hurt. I did spin a car when making a U-turn in the rain due to lack of experience (I pressed the gas pedal too hard), but I was alone in the two-seater car. No damage to the car or property occurred. I’m not perfect and I’m not trying to sound like I am. But I would not trust this “driver” again until she is 18 and is legally responsible for her own decisions.

  3. Randola on May 23rd, 2024 11:42 pm

    @ Mike J. So at age 16 every decision you made was the correct or best one then?

  4. Mike J. on May 22nd, 2024 11:41 am

    @Common Sense,
    My favorite phrase lately is, “Common Sense is not so common anymore”. I agree that the stupidity of the kids and possibly the owner of the car is the real problem here. I knew when I was 16 that seat belts are helpful to save people from serious harm in an accident. The kids are just interested in having fun and are not thinking about the responsibility that comes with age and experience.

    Without knowing where one sentence ends and another thought begins, if I understand you correctly, you think that experience does not matter for controlling the vehicle? Of course experience matters when you learn how far to turn the steering wheel on a road’s curve and now much pressure to apply to the brakes to stop lightly or stop hard. Experience matters when you learn how to drive in the rain or on a gravel road. Experience matters in knowing the differences between driving a small car versus a large truck. Losing control means that the driver’s focus was not on driving, or the vehicle had a mechanical issue (tire blowout, brakes fail, etc). And I will also respectfully disagree with you on seatbelts. It’s simple kinetic energy that an object in motion that comes to a sudden stop (collision) will damage the smaller objects (people) inside of a larger object (car). Human bodies are very frail. Pray for these kids.

  5. Not You on May 22nd, 2024 9:56 am

    If you have both hands on the steering wheel, you have control of the vehicle. Vehicles don’t just “go out of control” without driver input or lack of driver input. Also seatbelt usage saves more lives than not,

  6. Jessica on May 21st, 2024 6:42 pm

    Seat belt or no seat belt driver’s license or no driver’s license there are moments when you can’t control the vehicle has nothing to do with experience and it has nothing to do with responsible driving I have lost control of a vehicle before and wrecked because of losing control and I know how to drive how to license completely legal and I still lost control of the vehicle yes experience probably would have done them better but we all make stupid mistakes that’s how we learned and sometimes a seatbelt being on is more deadly than having it all I know a truck driver that had he been wearing a seatbelt when he wrecked he would have been decapitated so there’s instances where it’s good that you weren’t wearing a seatbelt and there’s some that are not of course

  7. Common Sense on May 21st, 2024 12:55 pm

    @Mike J.

    The issue is not the car they are driving, it is the irresponsibility of the kids and the parents. While yes, fewer seats means fewer possible people with injuries in the event of a crash, but it is the stupidity of the kids for doing such a thing. Not only is not wearing seatbelts irresponsible but letting one drive without a license is also irresponsible. Honestly, the other kids in the car who joined in are just as irresponsible to get in the car if they knew the driver did not have a license and did not stop them from driving. Furthermore, if someone actually let the kids use the car knowing that they did not have a license, they are just as much to blame and very irresponsible.

  8. Jim on May 21st, 2024 10:57 am

    How and from where did they get that car? Someone else shares responsibility if they allowed or aided these kids in getting that car

  9. Mike J. on May 21st, 2024 10:36 am

    This is why a teenagers first car should be a two-seater until they act mature enough and responsible enough as a driver. That way if they cause an accident, it’s two people injured instead of three or four. When I was a teenager, I used my Mom’s Oldsmobile occasionally, but my first car was a two-seater. I pray that those injured here will fully recover and LEARN from the experience.

  10. JJ on May 19th, 2024 5:50 pm